Birthmarks and Past-Life Memories
For over fifty years, researchers at the University of Virginia have studied cases of young children who report memories of a previous life. Some of these children also have birthmarks or birth defects that match wounds, usually the fatal wounds, on the body of the individual whose life they appear to be remembering. This presentation will review a number of these cases and explore how they may come about.
A special kind of case involves what Ian Stevenson termed experimental birthmarks. In several countries in Asia, people sometimes make a mark on the body of a dying or deceased person in the belief that the individual will carry the mark to the next life. In a number of cases, a baby has subsequently been born with a birthmark that matches the marking made on the body. Several possible explanations for this phenomenon will be considered.