The Essene view of the person, according to the interpretation by Josephus, is that the components that make up the personality (some might use the term “soul” for this personality) can function without a brain.
Even the Egyptians had to believe this, since they disposed of the brain, while retaining the four following items from the body:
 Hapi, the baboon-headed god representing the north, whose jar contained the lungs and was protected by the goddess Nephthys
 Duamutef, the jackal-headed god representing the east, whose jar contained the stomach and was protected by the goddess Neith
 Imsety, the human-headed god representing the south, whose jar contained the liver and was protected by the goddess Isis
 Qebehsenuef, the falcon-headed god representing the west, whose jar contained the intestines and was protected by the goddess Serqet.
It is novel that the Egyptians, who perceived so many possible non-physical emanations of personality and awareness, still felt that ultimately the physical corpse and key parts of the corpse, were necessary to sustain a non-physical afterlife !!!
The metaphysics of the Essenes appear to have been more heavily influenced by the Zoroastrians than other sects of Judaism - - and so they also inherited the Persian view that the body was less important than usually imagined by other world views.