Welcome to Tursan Tuesdays where I take you on a journey through the Celtic world.
You’ve heard the saying, “There are only two certainties in life: Death and Taxes.” But is death really a certainty?
For those that believe in reincarnation, death is just a speed bump, if you will, on the road to your next life.
The Celts believe in continuous cycles of life; a form is born, it grows, it dies, it is reborn as another form. In their tradition, there is no finality of death ~ there is neither heaven nor hell. The soul moves on from this physical realm to the Otherworld, and is eventually reborn into another living creature.
Maybe you really were a cat in a past life!
Interestingly enough, though there are countless tales of these very happenings throughout Celtic mythology and lore, there is no documented evidence to support their definite belief in reincarnation itself.
I would venture to say, based on their belief systems and legends, that they do…but that’s just me.
There are many other cultures and traditions that believe in some form of reincarnation, or rebirth: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American Indians, to name a few. Some sects of Islam, African Vodun, and even Christianity also believe.
Billions of people around the world have some sort of belief concerning the afterlife. Most of it involves being with the people you love once you die. Whether you see them again in heaven, whether you continue on with them in the Otherworld, or even whether you are born again into the same group of people continuously for eternity.
Many have said the idea of life-everlasting, of never truly dying, of seeing your loved ones again allows them a sense of safety and comfort. Could this be the true origination of, not only the belief in reincarnation, but also of other after-life beliefs such as Christianity or Judaism?
Stories, like beliefs in what happens to us after death, have been a part of human history since the dawn of time. One reason books or movie series, in any genre, do so well is because we humans love a good story and never want it to end.
If all that happened after death was…nothing, well…that wouldn’t make for a very good story, now would it?
So talk to me. What do you think about reincarnation? Is it real? Do you think it’s possible or just a fairy tale?