Professor Tucker said: “Often in most cases that we’ve investigated, the kids give enough details so that people have been able to confirm that somebody did actually live and die whose life matches the details that the child gave.”

The psychiatrist also said the children would often demonstrate “emotional or behavioural features” seemingly connected to their stories of a past life.

Even more bizarrely, some children were born with birthmarks matching the placement of fatal wounds from their “past lives”.

Professor Tucker then said researchers investigated similar cases in the US and came to the conclusion tales of a past life are not unique to any particular cultural phenomenon.

At the end of the presentation, during a Q&A session with the audience, the psychiatrist said most children stop talking about these memories when they turn six or seven.


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