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Jim B. Tucker & H. H. Jürgen Keil

>    Experimental Birthmarks: New Cases of an Asian Practice

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Jim B. Tucker & H. H. Jürgen Keil
>     Experimental Birthmarks: New Cases of an Asian Practice

 

 

JIMB. TUCKER
Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
H. H. JÜRGENKEIL
School of Psychology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

 

 

ABSTRACT:

Experimental birthmarks involve a practice in several countries in Asia in which the body of a dying or recently deceased person is marked with a substance, most often soot, in the belief that when the individual is reborn, the baby will bear a birthmark corresponding to the mark. This is usually done with the expectation that the rebirth will occur in the same family as the deceased individual. A field study was undertaken in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) to examine such cases.

Eighteen cases were found in which a baby was born with a birthmark that corresponded to a marking made on the body of a deceased person; in six of these, the child also made statements that the family believed were related to the life of the deceased individual. Possible etiologies for these cases are explored.

 

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Fonte: Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 269–282, 2013

 

 



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