- the transmigration of the soul, especially the passage of the soul after death from a human or animal to some other human or animal body.
Origin of metempsychosis
Examples from the Web for metempsychosis
He seems to have a leaning for metempsychosis and the doctrines of Pythagoras.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
The doctrine of metempsychosis is not found here, except perhaps in germ.History of Religion
Schelling acknowledges it in his Dissertation on Metempsychosis.Reincarnation
There is a dash of metempsychosis in it—and it is the strength of the piece.The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Metempsychosis, 364 (see also under Re-births and Transmigrations).Sagas from the Far East
- the migration of a soul from one body to another
- the entering of a soul after death upon a new cycle of existence in a new body either of human or animal form
Word Origin and History for metempsychosis
1580s, "passing of the soul at death into another body," from Late Latin metempsychosis, from Greek metempsychosis, from meta "change" (see meta-) + empsykhoun "to put a soul into," from en "in" + psyche "soul" (see psyche). Pythagorean word for transmigration of souls at death. Related: Metempsychose (v.), 1590s.