"Pindar's Orphism"
Roman copy of a bust of Pindar
GNU Free Documentation LicenseRoman copy of a bust of Pindar - Credit: Stas Kozlovsky, Wikimedia Commons

Pindar (c.522-443BC) was one of the nine Ancient Greek lyric poets.

Orpheus was a figure in Greek mythology, associated with singing and playing the lyre; he was the inspiration for an Ancient Greek religion known as Orphism.

Orphic beliefs share some characteristics with Buddhism, holding that the soul must pass through several bodies in a "grievous circle" before being released to the spiritual plane.