Possession & Past Lives

English author whose books describe her memories of previous lives, some of which she eventually traced to real individuals and events.

Analysis of the celebrated Thompson-Gifford case of ostensible possession, examining its value as evidence of survival.

British woman who as a small child exhibited an obssession with ancient Egypt suggestive of a past life influence, and who became a respected Egyptologist. A possible case of replacement reincarnation.  

Apparent past-life memories may surface in the dreams of both children and adults, although only occasionally are they detailed enough to enable the previous life to be identified. 

Prominent behavioral characteristics feature strongly in some cases of past-life memories, as in the Sri Lanka case of Duminda Ratnayke. Duminda remembered having been chief monk in a famous...

Experimental birthmarks and birth defects resemble marks or mutilations made on the bodies of deceased or dying persons with the hope that they will reappear on the body of the next life, thus...

Claims by people remembering the past lives of famous people are treated with caution by reincarnation researchers, but verification of details has been possible in a few cases. 

The first reincarnation case to be investigated in Sri Lanka, also notable for the child’s statements about a previous life having been written down before attempts were made to trace it.

Case of responsive xenoglossy, in which an American woman was regressed under hypnosis to a past life as a ninteenth-century German woman, and spoke German, a language which she had never learned. 

This  Lebanese case of a child's past life memories was one of the earliest investigated by Ian Stevenson, and also one of the most complex, arousing controversy.