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Stevenson, Dr Ian - Child with three buffalo and two cows



Type of Spiritual Experience


There are two ways in which this could be interpreted.  Either we view it as a ‘past life’ of the child in which case this is perception recall. 

The alternative is that somehow the child has gained access to perceptions that are not its own –  a form of inter composer communication.  In the first instance it provides some small proof of reincarnation if the second applies it does not. 

There is a third option.  That somehow a bridge has been formed [perhaps at the hospital] between the child and dead person, for example, a blood transfusion.

A description of the experience

Tom Schröder – Old Souls [documenting the case histories of Dr Ian Stevenson]

[Dr Stevenson said] When the subjects are young children, they say 'I have a wife' or 'I am a doctor' or 'I have three buffalo and two cows'.  ….......

Daniel told Latifeh 'You aren't my mother, my mother is a sheikha'.  I had a case in Thailand of a man who, as a child, remembered having lived the life the life of his mother's brother.  He said that he has a clear memory from his infancy in this life; when he was on his back, he felt he was an adult man and had all the memories of a previous life.  But every so often meddlesome adults would turn him over and he was then nothing but a small baby helpless in the cradle.  Like a tortoise he would struggle to get himself flipped over on his back again.

The source of the experience

Stevenson, Dr Ian

Concepts, symbols and science items


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Being a child