A pervasive observation reported by those who study reincarnation, is that ‘souls’ (for want of a better word) frequently reincarnate in groups. This is the principle on which my novel Herring Girl was based and it finds some support in a recent report published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration (Vol. 31.)
In ‘Same-Family Cases of the Reincarnation Type in Japan’, Ohkado Masayuki describes a clutch cases in which a deceased person is apparently reborn into their natal family – either as a later child of the same mother, as a child (re)born as the daughter of a sibling or as the child of her own daughter.
In one case a girl who died of leukemia appeared to have reincarnated as a boy born subsequently into the same family. The boy ‘remembered’ events from his deceased sister’s life, displayed the same tastes and habits and was precociously able to read and write. In another case a very young child instructed adults in performing yoga postures he could not possibly have encountered. A third case involved a mother who died suddenly of acute leukemia apparently reincarnating as a grand-daughter in order to comfort her clinically depressed daughter, whom she was worried about abandoning with her death. The deceased grandmother and living grand-daughter displayed some striking similarities. In the most dramatic case, a daughter was born with a mark on the back of her neck that corresponded exactly to a so-called ‘experimental birthmark’ deliberately drawn on the neck of her dying brother, a three-year-old boy. Experimental birthmarks were once routinely made on the bodies of dying family members in parts of Tibet, Burma, China, Thailand, Japan and India, so that they might be recognised when they reincarnated subsequently into the same family.