He points to passages about bodily transformations (gilgul) in Hebraic texts and likens them to the Greek seer's belief in metempsychosis
This informative if not always limpid study of John Donne's Metempsychosis
(1601) does not make that poem fully clear--nobody could manage that--but as she follows the Edenic apple's soul through fifty-two stanzas (weeks?
Intellectually, she is fascinated by both the doctrine of metempsychosis
(Gibbes 76) and the practice of nonviolence.
68) Richard Dutton, 'Jonson's Metempsychosis
Revisited: Patronage and Religious Controversy', ibid, 145.
Philosophers were especially interested in divine union which, according to Porphyry, might allow their souls to break out of the cycle of metempsychosis
In fact, Allan Kardec thought of his Spiritism--an amalgam of secular (anti-clerical) Christianity, Druidism, spirit communication, "scientific" evolution, and the vogue (beginning in 1830s France) for Eastern ideas such as metempsychosis
(reincarnation)--as a unifying system that could bring all religions into one (Sharp 2006: 175).
The True History of the Ghost and All About Metempsychosis
is a programmatic work about reincarnation.
According to Harvey, Ben Jonson's Volpone frames "the idea of ingesting other bodies that everywhere animates the play" with a debased version of Pythagorean metempsychosis
, as when the carrion bird/men Voltore, Corbaccio, and Corvino scheme to be "reincarnated" as Volpone's "heirs" by feeding metaphorically on his dead carcass.
Sonya replies that this resembles what the ancient Egyptians called metempsychosis
A pronunciation appearing at the end of a famous exchange with regard to metempsychosis
taking place in the city of Hangzhou (2, 200-04) is similar: the presence of such confessions of failed persuasion testifies probably not only to the irresistible attraction of the anecdote, but also to the problems of staging dialogue in a text that develops, the highly formulaic and literary episode of the martyrdom of the Franciscan friars (see Johnson) aside, like a long and self-confident monologue.
At such times, the passage reads like a more orthodox version of Metempsychosis
(1601), the satirical poem in which Donne sings "the progresse of a deathlesse soule" (1.