Anne shared this article with me on Facebook the other day. It’s about a young boy in a Druze community in the Golan Heights who recounts the story of having been murdered in his previous life. One remarkable feature of this case is that the boy was able to take village elders to the place where he claimed his previous personality was murdered with an axe, and when they dug there, they found the body of a murdered man. Oh, and an axe.
Part of the Druze religion involves belief in reincarnation, but that evidently doesn’t make it easy for people in Druze communities to remember a previous life. I heard this Snap Judgment podcast the other day (thanks, James!) about another young Druze boy who claimed to remember a previous life following a blow to the head when he was a child. This is the most extensive account I’ve heard in someone’s own words not just of what they remembered but of what it felt like to remember–and what it was like to have to navigate his identity across the two lifetimes. The episode is only 25 minutes long and well worth a listen!