What is soul?


The soul, in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object. According to some religions (including the Abrahamic religions in most of their forms), souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine—belong only to human beings. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" (anima) to all organisms but taught that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Jainism) teach that all biological organisms have souls, and others further still that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. This latter belief is called animism. Anima mundi and the Dharmic Ātman are concepts of a "world soul."

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Vaizard - Non-Soul Reapers - Vandenreich
... Vandenreich has prepared to exact revenge on the Soul Reapers once amassing enough power to do so ... German for "Star Knights") an elite force currently invading Soul Society. 502, approximately 16 Quincies have appeared, along with Juha Bach, within the Soul Society to wage war against the Soul Reapers, leading to the deaths of ...
Sam & Dave
... Sam Dave were an American soul and rhythm and blues (R B) duo who performed together from 1961 through 1981 ... According to the Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Sam Dave were the most successful soul duo, and brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music with their call-and-response records ... at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1965 through 1968, these included "Soul Man", "Hold On, I'm Comin", "I Thank You", "When Something is Wrong ...
Rare Groove
... is defined as very hard to source or relatively obscure soul or jazz music ... to sub-genres including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, soul, R B, northern soul, and disco ...
Urban Soul
... Urban Soul was a UK/US house music studio project assembled by producer, songwriter and vocalist Roland Clark ... Urban Soul hit the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart seven times through the 1990s, including hitting #1 in 1997 with the track "Show Me." Other Urban Soul tracks featured ...
Human Touch - Personnel
... Porcaro – drums/percussion Roy Bittan – keyboards with Sam Moore – backing vocals on "Soul Driver", "Roll of the Dice, "Real World" and "Man's Job" Patti Scialfa – harmony vocals on "Human Touch" and "Pon ...

More definitions of "soul":

  • (noun): A secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Example: "Soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"
  • (noun): The human embodiment of something.
    Example: "The soul of honor"
  • (noun): The immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life.
    Synonyms: psyche
  • (noun): Deep feeling or emotion.
    Synonyms: soulfulness

Famous quotes containing the word soul:

    All of Western tradition, from the late bloom of the British Empire right through the early doom of Vietnam, dictates that you do something spectacular and irreversible whenever you find yourself in or whenever you impose yourself upon a wholly unfamiliar situation belonging to somebody else. Frequently it’s your soul or your honor or your manhood, or democracy itself, at stake.
    June Jordan (b. 1939)

    Thought is a garment and the soul’s a bride
    That cannot in that trash and tinsel hide:
    Hatred of God may bring the soul to God.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    I have been told, that in some public discourses of mine my reverence for the intellect has made me unjustly cold to the personal relations. But now I almost shrink at the remembrance of such disparaging words. For persons are love’s world, and the coldest philosopher cannot recount the debt of the young soul wandering here in nature to the power of love, without being tempted to unsay, as treasonable to nature, aught derogatory to the social instincts.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)