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“Mom, I used to be somebody else.”

This is one of the more compelling reincarnation stories we’ve encountered. Like many of our favorites, it involves the memories of a young child and includes incredible verifications that defy logic.


Is this child actually remembering a previous life?





10-Year-Old Boy Remembers Past Life as 1930’s Hollywood Actor

by Daniel Nussbaum


“Mom, I have something I need to tell you. I used to be somebody else.”


Those were the words that five-year-old Ryan Hammons told his mother as he was being tucked into bed five years ago, according to NBC News’s Today.


Ryan reportedly began having vivid nightmares at age four. The next year, Ryan told his mother he wanted to “go home” to Hollywood, and related stories about meeting actress Rita Hayworth, taking trips to Paris, and dancing on Broadway. The boy said he had once lived on a street with the word “rock” in it.


“His stories were so detailed and they were so extensive, that it just wasn’t like a child could have made it up,” the boy’s mother, Cyndi Hammons, told Today. “Then we found the picture, and it changed everything.”


Hammons had gone to the library to investigate her son’s claims when she happened upon a book that contained a still photo of two men from the 1932 film Night After Night, starring Mae West.


“She turns to the page in the book, and I say ‘that’s me, that’s who I was,’” now ten-year-old Ryan told Today…”


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A Kit For Traveling Assassins?

We think an entire novel could be written around such an intriguing object!


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Thou’rt poisoned with that book

from the delightful blog: Shakespeare’s England: Everyday Life In Seventeenth Century England


“I wanted to share this fascinating object which I stumbled upon on Friday. It is a bible dating to 1600 which contains a secret arsenal of poison. Given its nature, one might assume it was used by travelling assassins, or kept hidden in the library of a large house to dispatch unwanted guests. It was for auction at the Hermann Historica auction house in Germany, and is described, in translation, as follows:


Original book cover in 1600 with finely embossed parchment-related covers. Close book intact, the pages glued to a solid block, and cut out rectangular. Inside, finely crafted device with eleven different sized drawers and an open compartment. The individual drawers with colored paper glued on, the front frame and knobs flame strips of silver and ebonised wood. Handwritten paper labels with the Latin names for various poisonous plants…”


Click here to visit the original post at Shakespeare’s England, Everyday Life In Seventeenth Century England. (Several more beautiful photos of this object are to be found.)


Mummified Monk May Not Be Dead…

A decades long meditation so deep that you are mistaken for dead. The word for this state of being is “tukdam”.


Images of Rip Van Winkle come to mind…





Monk in Mongolia ‘not dead’, say Buddhists
The monk was found wrapped in traditional Buddhist robes


“A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.


Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.


Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia.


Scientists have yet to determine how the monk is so well preserved, though some think Mongolia’s cold weather could be the reason.


But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called “tukdam”…”


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On the same note, here is a story about a Hindu guru who may or may not be dead.


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