Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Metempsychosis

Literally, the changing of Souls: transmigration of souls to new bodies (human, animal or even vegetable) after Death. Some purists call the process "metensomatosis", or changing of bodies; this encyclopedia's preferred term is Reincarnation. [DRL]

see also: Identity Exchange.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.