by LJ Vanier
Reincarnation, in one form or another, is a cornerstone of several religions around the world. However, scientific-minded people have denied it completely. To them, the notion of a second life is too ludicrous.
However, several peer-reviewed studies published in fringe science journals, like The Journal of Scientific Exploration, have talked about the plausibility of the soul passing from a deceased body to a living one – reincarnation in simpler terms. From inexplicable memories to recurrent birthmarks, here is some scientific evidence put forward in these studies to give plausibility to the concept of the cycle of life.
Repeating Birth Marks
People in several Buddhist-dominated countries in Asia, like Cambodia and Myanmar, have a firm belief in reincarnation. Partly, because their religion explicitly states so. So, family members often mark their dead with a soot mark on a certain area so that their reincarnated form is born within the same family.
Many such instances were recorded in Myanmar by two researchers, Jim Tucker and Jurgen Keil. Both renowned professors. In one case, a boy, Z, was born with a birthmark on the same place where his grandfather’s body was marked. It is pertinent to note that there was a gap of 11 months between the birth of Z and the death of his grandfather. Furthermore, at around two years of age, Z started to call his grandmother by her full name. An instance that didn’t go unnoticed because no other child in the family used to do it. It further made the relatives think that Z indeed was a reincarnation of his grandfather.
Brian Weiss, a prominent psychiatrist associated with Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami was once treating a nurse who worked at the same hospital. During one of their sessions, the nurse reproduced a past-life event in excruciating detail. Weiss, a classically trained psychiatrist, was dumbfounded when the nurse assumed the role of a Native American woman hiding from a hunting party. She talked about how her baby, who had a crescent-shaped birthmark beneath his right shoulder, was having a hard time keeping quiet. When the baby spontaneously cried out, the mother unintentionally smothered the child in an effort to keep the hunting part from discovering them.