What would you do if your four-year-old suddenly began to remember a past life? You could laugh. You can take it seriously and consult an expert. You can contact researchers at the University of Virginia Perception Studies Division.
Among the Division’s 1,200 files are stories of children claiming to be doppelgangers, children born with birthmarks that matched fatal injuries from previous incarnations, and other fascinating cases. While some researchers attribute these cases to reincarnation, not all do. Others attribute these childhood reincarnation tales to false memories, lying, impressionability, dissociation, or attention seeking.
Consider for yourself the following cases of children who claim to have reincarnated in previous lives.
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10 Suleiman Andary
Born in Lebanon in 1954, Suleyman Andray recalled a previous life. When he was a child, Andray claimed to even know some of the names of his children from this previous life. It should be noted that Andray was born into a Druze family. Druse is a religion derived from Islam that believes in reincarnation.
Andray also recalled coming from the village of Gharife, where he owned an olive oil press. Around five or six, Andray’s family heard him muttering people’s names as he slept. He later claimed that these names were some of his children. At eleven years old, Andray refused to lend a book because he remembered a policy in his previous life not to do so. He later he remembered the name Abdallah from his previous life.
Over time, Andray chose not to talk about his memories because it led to ridicule. In 1967, Andray visited Gharife. Gharife residents confirmed that a man named Abdallah Abu Hamdan owned an oil press and had lived there. Andary also recognized several landmarks while he was there.
Professor Ohkado Masayuki is a professor of Japanese linguistics who publishes and researches infant reincarnation cases. One of the most compelling Masayuki cases involves an interview conducted in 2015.
The previous life was that of a woman with three children, including a beloved daughter. Tragically, the woman passed away in 1993. The following year, the daughter married, moved away, and had Tae in 1996. Tae reminded Atsuko of her mother. When Atsuko handed a picture of Midori to the two-year-old Tae, saying, “This is your grandmother,” the boy replied, “Me.” Similar to Andary’s case, Atsuko’s family practiced Zen, a religion that she believes in reincarnation.
When Tae was three years old, Atsuko suffered a period of depression because of her mother. One day, while walking with Tae, Atsuko heard Tae say, “I have to cheer her up.” Atsuko reported that she felt as if her mother had returned. Later, when Masayuki re-interviewed Tae when she was in her teens, he couldn’t remember Midori or her previous life.
8 james leninger
When he was two years old in 2001, James Leninger made statements that he recalled a previous life during which he was an American World War II pilot. This occurred after the boy’s father took him to visit the Cavanaugh Museum of Flight. Later, the boy began to have nightmares about a plane burning down. The same year, James claimed that he had flown his plane from a ship called the Natoma in his previous life. James later identified the previous incarnation of him as Jack Larsen. While flipping through a book about Iwo Jima, the boy even located where Larsen’s plane was shot down.
Skepticism has focused on Leninger’s case in recent years. Critics have argued that the case lacks explanatory or probative value. Furthermore, critics argue that the child’s parents are mostly the ones offering the details.
7 dorothy ready
Born in 1904 in the Blackheath section of London, Dorothy Eady suffered a serious fall at the age of three. While looking at pictures in the British Museum with her family, Eady saw a picture of Seti 1, an Egyptian pharaoh. Eady claimed that the location depicted in the image was her home. She then walked through the museum kissing the feet of the Egyptian statues.
At the age of 15, Eady had a dream in which he met the mummy of Pharaoh Seti I. Eady claimed that the pharaoh made him remember his previous life. Eady’s strange behavior, including her sleepwalking, caused her to be committed to a sanitarium several times. Eady later adopted the name Omm Sety and became a well-known Egyptologist.
In the late 1960s, a man (MMS) resided with his wife at an air force base. In 1968, MMS participated in a parachute training exercise when it was dropped from a plane. Unfortunately, he landed too close to the edge of the airfield and fell into a 15-foot (4.5-meter) deep pond, killing him. Several years after MMS’s death, his widow married one of MMS’s comrades. Later, the woman gave birth to a baby boy (YTK). The baby had birth defects and birthmarks that appeared as rope-like marks around his leg.
At three, YTK started talking about falling out of the sky, getting caught on a rope, and dying. By the age of five, YTK had stopped talking about his memories of him altogether. During his childhood, YTK lived on the skydiving base and slept on a cot suspended from the ceiling by parachute cords. His mother reported that YTK did not know anything about his father’s death.
5 Shiva Tripathi
Sumitra Singh lived with her husband in Uttar Pradesh, India. In 1985, Singh experienced a loss of consciousness with eye-rolling and teeth-clenching. Sometimes, she spoke during these encounters. She once predicted that she would die in three days. Three days later, she appeared to die.
After a period of confusion, Singh began to act differently. She did not recognize those around her and called herself Shiva. She also claimed that she was killed by her in-laws in Dibiyapur, India. Singh also rejected her children. Singh then claimed that many details corresponded to a woman who died violently in 1985. Ella Singh then went to Sharifpura, where she was recognized by a man who claimed that she was her daughter. During this time, she also began to read and write even though she had little education. the indian express published details about the case in 1985.
In 2005, a four-year-old girl named Manisha broke into a family’s home in South Delhi, India. The girl claimed that she was the couple’s daughter, Suman, who had passed away at the age of 15 from typhoid fever in 2000. The little girl ended up living with the couple she claimed to be the “new” parents of she.
The boy was born to a couple near Rajasthan, India. At the age of two, the girl herself told her parents that she had been reincarnated. Later, she told her biological parents about her previous birth and the names of her “new” parents.
3 cameron macauley
Macauley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2000. At the age of two, Macauley began talking about a former life on the remote island of Barra. The little-known island of Barra is located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The boy soon began to demand that he go to Barra with his “other family”, of which he could give multiple details, including the family’s last name. Macaulay also claimed that his previous father had been struck and killed by a car.
At the age of five, Macauley went to Barra, where the boy located the Robertson home. While he was inside the residence, the boy became very sad. The boy told his mother that he missed his mother before him.
2 luke ruehlman
In 2017, two-year-old Luke Ruehlman began to worry about his safety at his family’s Cincinnati home. The boy also named a ladybug Pam even though his family didn’t know other Pams. Soon after, the boy began naming everything from toys to pictures after Pam. Luke also began to claim that she had previously been a black-haired girl and used to have earrings.
When the family asked who Pam was, the boy replied that it was her name from a previous life. The boy claimed that Pam died, she went to heaven, saw God, and that God eventually sent the spirit back to Earth as Luke. Strangely, the boy’s family was not religious and had never discussed religious issues in front of him. Later, the boy revealed that he had been killed in a fire while jumping from a Chicago building. The boy didn’t even know where Chicago was located. Later, the boy’s mother investigated the Paxton Hotel, a building that housed primarily African-Americans in Chicago. In 1993, a fire occurred on the property, trapping many of the upper floor residents.
1 Bishen Chand
Born in North India in 1912, Bishen Chand was called Visha Natha by his mother. This is because the woman visited the Vishwanath temple before the child was conceived. At 10 months old, Chand overheard his family talking about Pilibhit, which is a larger city 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the northeast. Little by little the boy began to talk about Pilibhit and many other details of his previous life. The boy even gave the previous name of him, Laxmi Narain. At the age of four, Chand was taken to a village beyond Pilibhit. As he was returning, the boy heard Pilibhit’s name being called and demanded to get off the train. His request was rejected.
When the boy finally visited the village, he recognized various places and made additional statements about his previous life. The boy also learned that he could play a type of drum that he had never seen before. As he aged, Chand began to lose his previous life’s memories of him. After several interviews with Chand’s family, reincarnation researcher Ian Stevenson finally interviewed the forty-year-old Chand in 1969. Chand expressed the view that his former life was better because he had more money and more freedom.
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