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« Reply #3: September 18, 2007, 03:38:03 pm »

Just curious what everyone thinks about this.

Good questions all, but you'll probably get six different answers if you ask any five pagans this question.   Wink

It's probably worth noting that not all pagans believe in life after death...  and not all pagans who believe in life after death necessarily subscribe to the idea of the Summerlands (or Tir Nan Og, Valhalla, Shangri La, Heaven, or any of the varoius realms of death/everlasting life/eternal youth).

I'm no expert here and my knowledge is based on personal experience and UPG rather than any religious teachings.  I do believe that we continue to exist after physical death and that, at least theoretically, reincarnation is a possibility.  Whether we're reincarnated as a single soul or not, I still haven't come to a conclusion (although Juni's ideas on it are very appealling to me). 

I've no problem with reconciling that the idea that a person's spirit may exist on another plane with reincarnation, because reincarnation is not necessarily instantaneous, IMO.  You might go several lifetimes before being reborn. In the meantime, the spirit would need to dwell somewhere.  Just my UPG, but when someone makes contact with the dead (or as happens more often to me, when the dead make contact with someone living), I think it's the spirit of someone who has not been reincarnated. 

What Juni said about ancestor reverence pretty much sums up my thoughts on that subject.  I don't seek to contact them at Samhain, but I do pay tribute and honor to them. 
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