Soul

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A soul, in certain spiritual, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal essence of a person or living thing.[1] Many philosophical and spiritual systems teach that humans are souls; some attribute souls to all living things and even to inanimate objects (such as rivers); this belief is commonly called animism.[2] The soul is often believed to exit the body and live on after a person’s death, and some religions posit that God creates souls. The soul has often been deemed integral or essential to consciousness and personality, and soul sometimes functions as a synonym for spirit, mind or self,[3] although the soul is said to function in a distinct enough way from both the spirit and the psyche that the terms should not be treated interchangeably.[4][5][6]

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