As a consumer-driven society, we are taught that money can buy you lots of things. So when you see free money just lying around, your first gut instinct may be to grab it and run like the wind!
If there’s a lonely dime hanging out on the sidewalk, you don’t harbor any guilt about picking it up off the ground and dropping it into your purse. After all, there’s really no way to trace its owner. As the saying goes, finders keepers!
There’s also another place that you may spot a few coins, but it’s definitely “hands off.” Taking even a single penny is easily the most disrespectful thing you can ever do in life! At some point or another, most of us will find ourselves in a cemetery to pay our respects to a loved one.
There has been a growing trend to place coins on certain headstones. However, the groundskeeper or grave digger didn’t just empty their pockets while they were working, and forget to take their belongings back.
There’s actually a very special reason why those coins were placed on that particular grave site, and it represents something greater than just mere currency.
Honoring the deceased is an age-old tradition that goes back centuries. When it comes to pomp and circumstance, the ancient Egyptians were the biggest show-offs, and built huge pyramids to house their dead like royalty. Yet, even peasants from a hundred years ago could still hope to get a tearful send off and a simple burial in some type of dirt.
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