At a construction site in Poland, a burial ground that dates back to the 16th century was found in a shocking discovery. It was known to be of the pre-Christian century. This discovery was at the country’s S19 motorway in the southeast Podkarpackie province. There were a total of 115 bodies excavated, out of which 100 were of children. But the burial ritual done here was very unique.
In each body’s mouth, coins were stuffed – this was known as a ritual that was followed by the people back then. It was considered as a payment to Charon (the departed person) who also is known as a ferryman, to help the soul cross the river that divided the real world from spirt world, which was their belief.
Archaeologist Katarzyna Oleszek spoke of her thoughts that she came to know after going through the details about the site and gives her conclusions on them. This type of burial practiced was also recently practiced in the 19th century by Pope Pius IX, where the coins are called obols of the dead or Charon’s obol and Charon as when to is a term referred to the departed.
At the site other than the bodies and coins, no other items were found except handles of coffins. And also, the coins were made back in 1587 to 1632, which is during the rule of Sigismund III Vasa, and some other coins were from 1648 to 1668, which is during the rule of John II Casimir. The bodies were in an orderly manner and just not tossed around the burial site in pills. And later, after studied fully, the bodies will be moved to the church graveyards with the help of the locals.
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