However, his admirers managed to sidestep this problem by reinterpreting metempsychosis
in a figurative sense.
Even so, Baring-Gould's book is a good read, with a succinct look at metempsychosis
in various branches of mythology, heading into the hairy folk and on to the creatures that look superficially human.
One did not need a belief in metempsychosis
to grasp these connections.
Today I am struck not so much by the story as by my friend's familiarity with psychic states akin to the one I have just experienced--by his domestication of death, which is something that India may owe to metempsychosis
Dealing with the topic of metempsychosis
, the novels Haru no yuki (Spring Snow), Honba (Runaway Horses), Akatsuki no tera (The Temple of Dawn) and Tennin gosui (The Decay of the Angel) follow the reincarnation of the protagonist, Matsugae Kiyoaki.
However, Lucretius's remark that Homer unfolded the natura rerum, a subject matter that apparently included metempsychosis
, suffices for the present discussion.
and transmigration across texts in translation
Those Mani or Bogomil incarnates, medieval heretics, who led an apostolic life without property or possessions, rejected matter and mass and sex, didn't demand tithes, and were themselves divided idiosyncratic sects like the Albanensians, "the smallest of the Italian schools," who believed in metempsychosis
, and the Concorezzans, who believed in the reproduction of one soul from another through sex.
and multiple worlds, was tried, placed in an iron gag, a spike through his tongue, burned at the stake, combustible, our thoughts, words, flesh.
Referencing eggs, flying birds, and spirits moving to a new, more vital location, Hugo employs the vocabulary of metempsychosis
to describe how Paris came into its regal inheritance.
In her youth also, she had read among her father's books Pythagoras's theory of metempsychosis
or the transmigration of souls, an idea that was to dominate her thinking and lead her to an overwhelming interest in reincarnation and in many aspects of occult thought.
The Sabbataians believed that Shabbatai Zevi's Messianic spirit passed from one Jewish King to the next in a process of Metempsychosis