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Story, tale, soul, immortality, resurrection, transformation, a life after death.

Description of this motif: Myths and stories about the immortality of the soul and its rising or transforming into an existence after death.

Example :

"Now someone is dying," thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only person who had loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star fell down a soul went up to God.

Comment on this quote: The grandmother's little folk tale of the soulks life after death gives the girl comfort and hope in a difficult and seemingly hopeless situation - as a gospel. She does not know yet that it is her own soul that is going to go up to God.
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