Early accounts of past life memories show similar features to more recent investigated cases, suggesting that this is a natural phenomenon, not one based on religious or cultural beliefs.
Possession & Past Lives
Spontaneous ‘past life’ memories in children are often accompanied by phobias that correspond with remembered traumas, especially those that resulted in death.
In some cases of spontaneous past-life memory, children recall having hidden money or other valuables in their previous lives and show where these may be found.
In certain documented cases of the reincarnation type it appears that the individual was reborn in a different country to the one in which he or she had lived in the previous life.
Since China occupied Tibet in 1959 there have been several reports of prominent Tibetan lamas reincarnating as Westerners, with the intention of spreading Buddhist teachings to other countries.
Universal, near-universal and culture-linked patterns can be discerned in the dataset of reincarnation cases.
Corresponding birthmarks are commonly observed in the case of people who remember a previous life, but also other physical signs, such as facial structure, eye form, skin colour, physique, and other features.
In replacement reincarnation, a person remembers the life of someone who died after he or she was born. In psychical research, these cases have been called anomalous-date cases, possession, and...
1970s Indian 'xenoglossy' case of an educated woman, Uttara Huddar, whose personality and memories abruptly changed at the age of 32 to those of a rural villager, Sharada, who had lived and died a century and a half earlier, and who spoke a different language.
Highly unusual Indian case of a woman who appeared to die and then revived, but having lost all awareness of her former personality, and instead showing the knowledge, behaviours and personality traits of a recently-deceased woman.