History of reincarnation(lols):
The Origins of the idea of reincarnation are obscure.
Mentions of it appear in the philosophical traditions of India and
The Greek pre-socratics.
Also the Celtic Druids taught belief of reincarnation.
There are two different theories on how Ideas of & about reincarnation came about:
1. Ideas arose independently in different regions
2. they might have spread as a result of cultural contact
Some suspect cultural transmission and propose links between Iron Age Celtic , Greek and Vedic philosophies and/or religions.
☆There are a few who feel that belief in reincarnation was around in proto-indo-european religion.
Ancient European, Iranian & Indian agricultural societies recognized that the life cycles of birth , death and rebirth were a mirror of agricultural Cycles. Which would make a great deal of sense, when you think about it.
☆The Celts in the first century BC ,wrote the Pythagorean doctrine and it prevails among the Gauls.
It teaches that The Souls of men are Immortal and that after a fixed number of years they will enter into another body.
The Druids of Gaul , Britain and Ireland had metempsychosis(the supposed transmigration at death of the soul of a human being or animal into a new body of the same or a different species) as one of their core doctrines.
the principal point of their Doctrine is that the soul does not die after death ,
it passes from one body into another, a doctrine which robs death of all its Terrors.
This is also the main object of their education -to imbue their Scholars with a firm belief in the indestructibility of the human soul –
☆Now, there is some Documentation from as early as the Han Dynasty claiming that Lao Zhu appeared on Earth as different persons in different times beginning in the legendary area of three sovereigns and five Emperors the third Century BC,
Their theory being:
birth is not a beginning,
death is not an end
*there’s existence without limitation
*there is continuity without a starting point *existence without limitation is space *continuity without a starting point is time there is birth ,there is death ,there is issuing forth, there is entering in.
☆Reincarnation also pops up in Norse mythology.
In the poetic Edda ,
the editor of the Edda’s speaks of a love story between a valkyrie and a Norseman which held that the couple died and rose three times in three different life paths.
“The body dies” hazards the Hindu Traditions “but not the soul”.
All existence is believed to be connected and cyclical in Hinduism.
All living beings composed of two things , the soul and the body or matter.
Ones soul does not change/cannot change by its innate nature in the Hindu belief, in contrast the body and personality changes constantly……It changes, is born and dies.
Current Karma impacts future circumstances in this life ,as well as future forms.
In their belief set, Karma, a Life’s good intent & actions lead to a good future.
While bad intent & actions offer a bad future.
Karma impacts how one reincarnates as well (in the Hindu view of existence heaven & hell are abit less permanent).
In the afterlife- based on one’s Karma- the soul is reborn as another being in heaven ( According to Hindu cosmology, above the earthly plane, are other planes: (1) Bhuva Loka, (2) Swarga Loka, meaning Good Kingdom, is the general name for heaven in Hinduism, a heavenly paradise of pleasure, where most of the Hindu Devatas (Deva) reside along with the king of Devas, Indra, and beatified mortals), Naraka ( is the Hindu equivalent of Hell, where sinners are tormented after death. Yama, the god of Death resides there. … The stay in Svarga or Naraka is generally temporary. After the quantum of punishment is over, the souls are reborn as lower or higher beings, per their merits.) Or a living being on Earth..be it human or animal.
Gods die as well, once they’re past karma merrits run out, As do those in Naraka ,and they return getting another chance on Earth.
This reincarnation continues endlessly in Cycles, until one embarkes on a spiritual Pursuit -realizes self-knowledge and thereby gaines Moxa .
Moxa, being the final release out of The Reincarnation Cycles.
This release is believed to be a state of utter Bliss which New Traditions believe is either related to or identical to bRahman or Nirvana.
☆In African voudon, the Yoruba people believe in reincarnation within the family, familial or lineal rebirth.
This is not to simply say that your grandfather or great-uncle will come back as your child.
However when the time arrives for a spirit to return to Earth (otherwise known as, The Marketplace) threw the conception of a new life in the direct bloodline of the family,
one of the component entities of a person’s being returns while the other remains in heaven.
Accordingly , the spirit that returns does so in the form of a guardian or Orisha.
One’s guardian or Orisha, which is represented & contained in the crown of the head, represents not only the spirit and energy of the previous blood relative but also the accumulated wisdom he or she has acquired through a myriad of lifetime’s.
☆ Reincarnation is an intrinsic part of many Native American and Inuit traditions as well.