Just a few. Conventional wisdom says the concept of reincarnation is Eastern, Buddhist. Maybe it is, or perhaps it was influential in regards to Western concepts of reincarnation or the transmigration of souls.
Plato and Pythagoras both picked it up. The concept was a given in ancient Egypt. Jewish Kabbalists believe too.
A soul can move from one life to another, from one person or creature to another, until at last that soul achieves perfection or unification with the godhead, Nirvana, whatever you wish to call the ineffable notion of The One.
Some schools of mysticism insist the soul retains free will and can choose the vessel on earth, others insist the soul is reborn into whatever form it has earned – because of karmic deeds and misdeeds.
Why do I bring this up? Transmigration of souls is the concept behind two of my books – Incorporeal and In the Flesh. It is the concept behind the third and final book in the series – coming soon – Stay.
So stay tuned!