marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

consider the possibilities

Was thinking about reincarnation recently. . .

There's always the Hindu view, which most of us know about.

But then there's the Pythagorean view, which held that being trapped in bodies was always a punishment for crime.   As a consequence:  “Troubles are good, but pleasures are always evil; for whoever has merited punishment must be punished.”  Gloomy souls. . . .

And then there's the Druse view, which is that merit has nothing to do with rebirth.  A saint may be born a beggar, a sinner a king.  And then when the world ends, everyone is judged on their average.  No one will be able to claim it was his situation that made him evil; everyone will have had a chance at every situation.

Lots of possibilities.  Even in a fantasy world where the afterlife is not known, a religion that teaches it could have very odd views on the purpose of reincarnation.
Tags: world-building: deities, world-building: metaphysics, world-building: religion

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