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1. Term

The term “reincarnation” refers to doctrines of transmigration, which speak of the passage of the soul after death into another body (i.e., metempsychosis) or the migration of different souls into one body (metensomatosis). Transmigration may take place in the present world or in some future world. What is reincarnated may be the personal self or the spirit of the ancestors.

2. History of Religion

2.1. From the very beginning of religious history, belief in reincarnation found a place in many religions. I…

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Bernhardt, Reinhold, “Reincarnation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.31>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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