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How old is reincarnation?

As in, when in history (if we even know) had the idea of reincarnation come about?

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Cindy2
Cindy2
9 years ago

Reincarnation had its beginnings in Eastern philosophy when the feudal system was in effect. It was started, not by priests as you would think, but by feudal lords. Some of them treated their people under them badly. In order to keep their serfs from revolting, they devised this philosophy. You better not revolt against the lord or you could come back in the next life as an insect. The caste system came about this time or shortly after as well. It kept the people in line thinking that they might come back in the next life in a lower, more… Read more »

Jabber wock
Jabber wock
9 years ago

It’s hard to tell as it pre-dates written records, showing signs of existing in oral traditions.

Quite possibly the idea died off at some point but was brought back to life again.

Ettan Cole
Ettan Cole
9 years ago

Reincarnation is often found in Animist religions and Hinduism both are ancient and have no known beginning. So probably a LONG time ago ha.
Hope it helps!

✮.SphinX.✞
✮.SphinX.✞
9 years ago

Ever since we realised that this reality doesn’t follow a linear pattern, but a circular one instead.

Graybeard
Graybeard
9 years ago

That’s a very primitive superstition, and it probably dates back long before written history.

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