gilgul

gilgul

[Sephardic Hebrew geel-gool; Ashkenazic Hebrew gil-gool]
noun, plural gilgulim [Sephardic Hebrew geel-goo-leem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gil-goo-lim] . Jewish Folklore.
the soul of a dead person that passes into another living body to assume a new existence and atone for past sins.
Compare dybbuk.


Origin:
< Yiddish gilgl literally, transmigration, metamorphosis < Hebrew gilgul metamorphosis, literally, rolling, revolving

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