reincarnation (rē´Ĭnkärnā´shən) [Lat.,=taking on flesh again], occupation by the soul of a new body after the death of the former body. Beliefs vary as to whether the soul assumes the new body immediately or only after an interval of disembodiment. Although some religions teach that it may inhabit a higher or lower form of life, most believe that the soul is consistently reincarnated in the same species. See transmigration of souls.

See J. Head and S. L. Cranston, ed., Reincarnation: An East-West Anthology (1961) and Reincarnation in World Thought (1967).

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Reasons to Believe Today
John Martinetti.
Marquette University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Reincarnation"
Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth
Gananath Obeyesekere.
University of California Press, 2002
Fear of the Unknown: Enlightened Aid-in-Dying
Arthur S. Berger; Joyce Berger.
Praeger, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Reincarnation"
Is There Life after Death?
Jürgen Moltmann.
Marquette University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Do We Live but Once on This Earth?: Resurrection of the Dead or Reincarnation?"
Breaking the Circle: Death and the Afterlife in Buddhism
Carl B. Becker.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences
Jane Henry.
Routledge, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 19 "Reincarnation"
Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy
Geddes MacGregor.
Paragon House, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Reincarnation" begins on p. 531
Reincarnation, Sect Unity, and Identity among the Druze
Bennett, Anne.
Ethnology, Vol. 45, No. 2, Spring 2006
Note on the Reincarnation Beliefs of the Gumini People of the Simbu Province of Papua New Guinea
Johnstone, Joan D.
Oceania, Vol. 73, No. 4, June 2003
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