Possession & Past Lives

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.

Some children who recall a previous life also recall events from the intermission period between death and rebirth. These memories show clear signs of cultural influence, but there are also important cross-cultural consistencies. 

In this 1960s case two Turkish children remembered past lives as a married couple who had been murdered on the same night along with two of their children.

Case study of an Indian boy who remembered a previous life as the pampered son of a corrupt Brahmin official in a distant city.

American child reincarnation case, in which an infant's statements about a past life as World War II pilot were found to match closely with the life and circumstances of a pilot killed at Iwo Jima in March 1945.

This is a well-verified case of the relatively uncommon ‘replacement reincarnation’ type, in which a child appears to die, then revives with a totally different personality and starts to speak of a previous life.

Indian case of the young daughter of educated parents who remembered a previous life as the wife of a Muslim blacksmith.

Case study of a Burmese girl whose statements and behaviours suggested she was remembering the life of a Japanese soldier stationed in her country during World War II.