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What was the earliest mention of Reincarnation in any culture?

I was wondering if the earliest mention of the concept of Reincarnation came from the Vedas, or whether it came from some previous culture, proto-Aryan or Egyptian or Babylonian?
Does anyone know?

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  1. This question is similar to when did anyone first thought about God.
    Probably the first written records could be found in the Vedas, but then again, nobody really knows how old they just like probably all of the oldest texts that we know of. We may know when a certain text was made, but it is unlikely that we found the very first copy of it.
    Of course the question is so generic; ‘will we live on after death or not?’, it is likely to come up in anyone with some brain capacity, especially when a loved one dies.

  2. An online reference Mistika says It is well know that the ancient egyptians believed
    in reincarnation or transmigration of the soul.
    Other sources generally put the date at around 500 BC in Hindu scriptures
    and in the writings of Pythagoras.
    A book published in 1956 titled “The search for Bridey Murphy” brought it to
    public consciousness.

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