10 of the Most Convincing Cases of Reincarnation

by Shivam Khandelwal2 years ago
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Believing in the afterlife and reincarnation in the 21st century doesn’t seem like one of the most thoughtful ideas. However, it was completely normal for primitive men to think along the lines, and maybe they had their reasons for doing so. This is because even now there have been unexplained cases that are clearly suggestive of reincarnation. Let’s look at 10 such incredible stories of reincarnation.  

1 A 10-year-old boy named Ryan from Oklahoma claimed that he was reincarnated and was an obscure actor and agent, Marty Martin, in his past life. To everyone’s surprise, when Ryan was interrogated by a renowned child psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Tucker, 55 of his details matched perfectly with Martin’s life.

Marty Martin (Image to the left), Ryan (above with his mother) a 10-year-old boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Image credits: Paramount, NBC via dailymail.co.uk

Ryan was born to a Baptist family living in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 2004 and described his amazing, previous life as Marty Martin. He knew every detail about his previous life as the agent which even convinced the experts to believe in his past life.   

Martin, the agent in Ryan’s previous life, was born in 1903 and died at 61 in December 1964. 

His mother, Cyndi, mentioned that Ryan was just four when had nightmares that just wouldn’t stop. The imaginations were generally about his heart exploding and most importantly about Hollywood. He talked during those nightmares.

The incidents went alarming when the kid once saw a movie named Night After Night and pointed out during the end credits, that one was him, the agent.

Ryan’s family consulted Dr. Tucker who, with difficulties, managed to contact Martin’s daughter. It was found that 55 details offered by Martin’s daughter and Ryan aligned perfectly. These included names of children, the street where he lived, siblings, etc.

The most shocking part was that on Martin’s public death certificate, his age was written incorrectly. However, Ryan was aware of the correct one. (1, 2)


2 In the 1930s, a woman named Shanti Devi from Delhi, Indian claimed that she lived before and had the name Lugdi in her previous life. She made a convincing case for her former life by describing her husband and the place they had lived, which was 145 kilometers away from Delhi where she now lived. Devi was subjected to multiple reincarnation pieces of research and was even supported by Mahatma Gandhi.

Shanti Devi
Mahatma Gandhi (Image to the left), Shanti Devi. Image credits: Shutterstock, John H. Manas/archive.org via Wikimedia.org

Devi was born in December 1926, and she started talking about her past life from the time when she started talking. While eating food, she would tell her parents about the food she used to eat before and likewise while dressing up, etc.

She said she died right after bearing a son in October 1925 and also described the painful experience of labor and surgical procedures. Her former husband living in Mathura, 75 miles away from Delhi, was still alive, and a meeting was also set up between them.

After Kedar Nath, Lugdi’s husband, spent some time with Shanti, he was surprised to confirm that every detail she talked about was accurate. He mentioned it was as if he was listening to his dead wife.

Then Mahatma Gandhi showed some interest in the case and set up a commission and tour at Mathura to have an investigation. Devi caught the public eye and also described her afterlife experience.

Devi lived unmarried until 1987 and died at the age of 61. (Source)


3 Sam Taylor from Vermont was just four when he convinced his parents that he was the reincarnation of his grandfather. He was born one and a half years after his grandfather’s death. Sam had never seen his grandfather’s photo, but while browsing through an old album he recognized him instantly and said, “That’s me!”

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor. Image credit: soulsofsilver.com

The first incident of doubt was when Sam’s father was changing his diapers. Out of thin air, he said to his father that when he was of his father’s age, he used to change his diapers. The next time he said, “I used to be big, and now I’m small.”

Sam’s father was skeptical about any reincarnation ideas, but his mother wasn’t. She asked him questions about his former life, and his grandmother and he surprisingly answered them correctly. Every detail of his grandmother taking care of his grandfather was accurate.

When asked about his cousin, Sam told that his sister was turned into fish by some bad guys and he was a baby again.

When going through an old album, Sam recognized his grandfather’s car immediately. His mother was shocked when she showed him his grandfather’s class photograph, he rolled over the others and stopped correctly, and said that’s me.

Sam’s father didn’t have a good relationship with his father and now believes that he was born again in his son’s body to return the deserving love. They have a good relationship. (1, 2)


4 Dezhung Rinpoche III, the Tibetan Lama, said before his death in 1987 that he would be born in Seattle. In 1991, a two-year-old boy named Sonam Wangdu in Seattle realized that he was the fourth incarnation of the Tibetan Lama. Even before his birth, his parents had dreams about the lama.

Sonam Wangdu
Dezhung Rinpoche III seated on a stool, Chris Wilkinson (Image to the left), Sonam as Dezhung Rinpoche IV. Image credits: Wonderlane/Flickr via Wikimedia.org, Isaac Hawley via settlemet.com

The third lama had moved to Seattle in 1960 when China’s military took over Tibet. He used to teach at the University of Washington and told his students that he would be reborn in Seattle itself.

Out of hundreds of lamas, only a few of them decide to have their rebirth in the West, and Wangdu was one of them. Both of his parents had dreamt of giving birth to the fourth lama during their pregnancy.

The boy was named Trulku-la and was bought to Nepal when he was just two. He was formally enthroned in a ceremony attended by 4,000 people.

After staying for four months in the monastery at Kathmandu with his mother, he was sent back to America. He was supposed to be in Kathmandu for years, but his mother was a bit concerned to leave him alone.

Indeed, the monastery allowed the child’s mother to make the decision, but they suggested she leave him alone since she could distract him. (1, 2)


5 Two sisters, Joanna and Jacqueline, tragically died in a car accident on 5 May 1957. However, the following year, their parents were excited to hear that they were expecting twin sisters. Gillian and Jennifer were identical except Jennifer had two birthmarks. One of the marks was on her waist resembling one that Jacqueline had, and the second on her forehead that resembled Jacqueline’s scar.

Identical Twins
Identical Twins. Image credit: Flickr.com

Joanna and Jacqueline were hit by a local woman high on drugs, and she was later sent to a mental hospital. The sisters’ parents, John and Florence, found themselves in extreme grief after the loss.

John had an innate belief that their children would be reborn and would return home someday. His wife disagreed, and this made their family situation even worse.

On 4 October 1958, Florence gave birth to twin girls, Gillian and Jennifer, even though they did not have twin genes. The fact that Jennifer had two birthmarks resembling Jacqueline’s was a complete miracle.

As they grew up together, it was noticeable how their personalities also matched with their dead sisters. Gillian took care of her sister just like Joanna had hers, and they also remembered the park swing where the former sisters used to play.

Slowly, their memories of their previous lives started fading away as they became adults. However, the case attracts many psychiatrists and is considered as evidence for reincarnation. (Source)

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