why would christians put coins on the eyes of the dead? and if the shroud of turin is authentic, why would coins have been placed on Jesus' eyes?
You have to remember that at the time of Christ's death those that would have attended his body for burial considered themselves Jewish. Jewish customs would have been followed, not Christian.
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I think this also is from pre-Christian times a pagan practice of paying the ferryman for taking souls across a river to the land of the dead.
I had not heard that one before.
And just to show that I learned something from reading the Percy Jackson books, the mythology is Greek, ferryman is Charon and the river is the River Styx.