Possession & Past Lives

Indian case of a boy who remembered details of a previous life as a wealthy businessman in Budaun, in the north of India.

Indian reincarnation case in which the past life was identified after the child's statements were published in a newspaper. 

Indian child reincarnation case that was investigated independently three times, with the first investigator making a written record of the child's statements before identifying the person she remembered having been.

Indian reincarnation case of a girl who remembered many facts and people from the previous life, and who could perform dances accompanied by songs in a language she had never learned.

In reincarnation cultures, children who claim to remember a past life are often set tests to try to establish the truth, by means of recognitions of people, places or objects. 

Nineteenth century case of a New York jeweller who found himself spontaneously driven to produce high quality paintings in the style of a recently deceased landscape painter, despite a lack of artistic skill.

Thusita Silva recalled a life in a town far from where she lived in Sri Lanka, that ended by drowning when she fell off a footbridge. Thusita’s statements about her previous life were recorded in writing by Erlendur Haraldsson and his associates before they attempted to verify the details.

Case study of an Indian boy who remembered a brief past life as a violent criminal, a possible example of replacement reincarnation, in which the previous person’s death follows the start of the new pregnancy or the birth.

Recent cases in which recipients of heart transplants have appeared to take on dominant personality traits of the deceased organ donor are viewed by some as evidence of survival of death.

Some documented cases of the reincarnation type involve twins who recall having been closely associated, often as marriage partners, siblings or friends. Such cases hold implications for...