Deros Wrote:Are these particular kin-types really alive?
In my opinion, if someone/thing can realize that they are having an experience, then they are alive. If they cannot, then they are not alive.
For instance, as a demon I could experience things before I incarnated in this body. I didn't have a physical body at the time, but still knowing what I was doing and what was going on around me... well, I felt alive. Whereas, for instance, a pencil may have the experience of writing out a math problem, but it most definitely doesn't realize it's having an experience.
Deros Wrote:How does the reincarnation process work for non-life entities?
I think your soul is what causes you to experience life. I think a soul is pretty much just free-floating sentient energy (whether being a soul in a human body or just floating around). Since reincarnation and the soul go hand-in-hand, then I'd think that being alive is a prerequisite to being able to reincarnate.
(Ugh, sorry for sucking at explaining anything. It's 6am and I haven't had my caffeine yet.)