Have you ever strolled through a graveyard and noticed a coin resting serenely atop an old gravestone? It's a scene that can ignite curiosity and a sense of mystery. In Idaho, the custom of placing coins on gravestones is more than just a casual gesture; it's steeped in heritage, filled with meaning, and sustained by the respect of the local community. 

Historical Context

The tradition dates back, and it's got that enthusiasm of old-world charm mixed with solemn respect. It's said that this practice has roots in ancient times, possibly linked to the Greek mythological figure Charon—the ferryman of Hades who required coin payment to transport souls across the River Styx. Fast forward to the present day in Idaho, and this practice speaks to our notion of remembrance.

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During wars, especially the Civil War, it became customary for surviving soldiers to leave coins on the gravestones of their fallen comrades as a token of their brotherhood and the sacrifice made. In Idaho, this symbol of commemorating the fallen has been preserved and continues to be practiced with somber respect.

Preservation and Respect

Why should wen't touch these coins? It's a matter of respect. Picking one up erases someone's visit, a moment of reflection, or a silent salute to a past life. It's about preserving the intention behind each coin—the respects paid, the stories acknowledged. The coins are a silent conversation between the living and the dead, a narrative etched in metal and memory. Plus, honestly, it's just bad juju to pocket a coin meant for someone else's remembrance. 

The Meaning of Each Coin on a Gravestones

During wars, especially the Civil War, it became customary for surviving soldiers to leave coins on the gravestones of their fallen comrades as a token of their brotherhood and the sacrifice made. In Idaho, this symbol of commemorating the fallen has been preserved and continues to be practiced with somber respect.

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