Viaticum
2017
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Viaticum

In Ancient Greece they had a tradition of placing a coin, specifically an obol, on the head of the deceased. This coin was to be paid to Charon, the ferryman, who would guide the deceased to the afterlife. In this piece I merge it with the practice of Viaticum from the Catholic church. Viaticum meaning “provision for a journey” is the administration of the Eucharist to one who is dying. In this way Communion and the Host itself, act as both the price demanded and the sustenance necessary for a peaceful transition.