I came across some interesting information in Joe Fisher's book titled The Case for Reincarnation published in 1984. In it - he discusses the ROOTS OF BELIEF and how tribal peoples from all over the world had customs that directed the soul to rebirth. This fascinates me. For example - the Northern and Central Australian Aborigines believed that the souls of the dead were waiting to be reborn and would haunt certain natural features of parched landscapes; The withered tree, or a pool of water. They believed that EVERY person is reincarnated, and their belief included souls who were just waiting for a woman to pass by so that they could enter her womb. Spirits preferred young woman -and when these woman had no way around the landmarks they would pretend to be an old woman and cackle, hobble and dress as an old woman even stating - "I am an old woman - do not come to me." Does anyone else have cultural stories on a soul picking or attaching itself to a mother and how?