Reincarnation involves the soul or disembodied consciousness of someone who died being reborn in another person. Reincarnation is a strongly held belief in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The strongest evidence for this is when very young children remember a past life of which they should know nothing, and have not been exposed to the information. This phenomenon is studied by collecting information from the people who claim to have been reincarnated and then trying to verify the facts of the case.

Some interesting aspects of reincarnation include:

  • Individual recalls the details of a past life.
  • Can provide accurate information of a person’s past life and that information can’t be acquired by normal means.
  • Individual has a phobia that is associated with the cause of death.
  • Onset and occurrence is spontaneous.
  • Past life is associated with a violent death.
  • Birthmarks occur in locations of injury.
  • Xenoglossy (properly speaking in a foreign language that the medium could not possess by normal means).


For additional information:


University of Virginia Medical School – Division of Perceptual Studies