Gymnosophists etc.

John Richards Jhr at
Sun May 12 20:10:11 UTC 1996

> That is the problem. We do have solid evidence for the presence of 
> of reincarnation in Greece from the early sixth century B.C. with
> Pheracydes of Syros and then Pythagoras. Given that it is now doubtful 
> the Upanishads can be dated so early, the presumption must surely be 
> if there was influence, it was from Greece to India rather than the
> converse.
> Lance Cousins
> Email: mhcrxlc at

I was under the impression that it was generally agreed that the idea of 
transmigration came into Greek (particularly Pythagorean) thought via 
the Orphics, and that they, in turn had picked it up from Persian 
sources. Bidez certainly seems to think so, but I am not too sure on 
what evidence.
John Richards
Stackpole Elidor (UK)
jhr at

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