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  1. The theory of reincarnation first appeared in India, a very long time ago, apparently even before the emergence of writing.
    But in European culture, it became widespread thanks to hypnologists.�
    Somewhere in the middle of the 20th century, hypnosis was fashionable, and the age regression technique was quite popular�

    wikipedia.orgOne of the hypnologists decided to go further, i.e. “send” a person to a time when he was not yet born, and then everything started to spin. 🙂 The hypnotizers began to speak languages unknown to them before, to name some dates and places, and even to play musical instruments. True, such sessions at that time were sometimes, occasionally, held as a show… but nevertheless, the idea went to the masses, including some research that looked like scientific research from afar.�
    And only then did all sorts of Indian practices come into fashion, along with which the Indian explanation of these phenomena came.


  2. I'll throw in a couple of theses:

    1. The need to justify the world order. We want to believe that the world is organized fairly, reasonably, and rationally, that good is rewarded and evil is punished. And when we see that sometimes everything goes wrong, good people suffer, scoundrels thrive, and small children who have not yet done either good or evil in their lives also suffer, get sick and die, this can destroy the picture of a just world. And then the concept of reincarnation comes to the rescue: a reward or punishment in this life can overtake a person for actions committed in the past.

    2. A mystical experience. Since ancient times, different people in different parts of the world have experienced unusual states of consciousness. This was due to: the use of certain plants and fungi; rhythmic dancing around the campfire to the sound of a drum; less fuss and information noise, which allowed some to lead a more contemplative lifestyle; head injuries during hunting; other practices, both spontaneous and intentional. Among these altered states of consciousness was obviously an out-of-body experience, that is, the experience of traveling outside the physical body. Yes, and our distant ancestors probably treated ordinary dreams as a form of such an out-of-body experience. All this led the person to think of the soul as a substance capable of existing outside the body, separately and independently of it. And why not assume that after the death of one body, this soul moves to another?

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