Amerindian Rebirth and Buddhist Karma

An Anthropologist's Reflections on Comparative Religious Ethics Third Gonda lecture

Obeyesekere, G.

1996 | 25 pages | ISBN 90-6984-158-4 | free

The common belief among both scholars and the general public is that rebirth or reincarnation theories are intrinsically associated with India and invented by Indic religious thinkers. However, comparative ethnographic evidence suggests widespread distribution of rebirth beliefs the world over. In this volume, the reflection of the Third Gonda lecture, Professor Obeyesekere shows striking parallels and differences between Amerindian and Buddhist theories of rebirth.