Gli Uroni e le loro anime. Immortalità, sorte oltremondana e reincarnazione nei documenti del ‘600 sugli Uroni

Based on the documents of the first missionaries, the scholars of Huron religion rejected the possibility of applying the Western notion of soul to this people, but accepted the declarations of the missionaries according to whom this people believed in reincarnation. The critical analysis of missionary documents shows that not only the Christian notion of soul is inapplicable but that the same concepts of immortality and reincarnation are not present. In particular, the Feast of the Dead had the function of severing the relationship with the dead, preventing them from returning to act dangerously among the living, and not sanctioning their reincarnation.