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Rebirth
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Rebirth may refer to both the idea of → reincarnation and that of being spiritually born again. Reincarnation involves a person being physically reborn into the world after having exited it through death in a previous individual existence. The previous existence cannot be consciously remembered by the individual, but still affects the person. For example, deeds and experiences in a previous life may influence the type of incarnation a person now has.

Around 1900 European religious historians tended to see reincarnation as a distinguishing characteristic of what was …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Rebirth”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00384>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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