Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

CHARON

Greek Psychopomp God

Also known as KHARON

Picture of the Greek Psychopomp God Charon from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Grumpy ferryman of the dead across the river Styx

He’s a sulky old salt who transports souls across the River Styx to the gates of the Underworld.

But not for nothing. Oh no. First you have to pay him a silver coin. Don’t forget to place one under your tongue before they bury you. And even then he might refuse if you haven’t been properly buried.

Isn’t it time the old curmudgeon retired? He must have amassed an amazingly large pension by now. Still, with parents like Erebus and Nyx what can you expect?

Charon Facts and Figures

Name: Charon
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: KHARON

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Escorting Souls
Area of expertise: Psychopomp, Ferryman, Death

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 181

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Article last revised on September 05, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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