Kids say the darnedest things, but what if the things they said weren't actually so silly? What if, instead, they were describing past lives? These kids describe their past lives with such detail that it's hard to shake off these stories as pure fiction.
Many cultures believe in the idea of reincarnation, whether it's a birthmark that shows the way you have died in a past life or a distant, dream-like memory you can't shake. Some people believe they've got real, concrete evidence to prove they've been reincarnated, while others just have creepy stories that make you wonder. The weirdest of all are the wildly creepy stories of children's past lives.
The things kids remember from their past lives are things no child could have possibly known, from the story of a grandparent's death to a foreign language from a country they have never visited. Children who have been reincarnated often mention their past life offhand, like it's completely normal and no big deal. Other children are haunted by their former traumatic deaths.
These true stories from kids' past lives are undoubtedly unsettling, but do you believe them?
From Buzzfeed user Hrutherford23:
"Our oldest son is named after a marine that was [killed in action] on my husband's last deployment. On a drive to my sister-in-law's house, we passed the military base where is namesake is buried. We had never visited his grave with our then three-year-old. As we were driving right past the area where his grave is, our son tells us just matter-of-factly, 'I'm buried over there.'
"We stop our conversation and ask him to repeat himself.
"'I'm buried over there in the ground. You know, from when I died when I was fighting bad guys with daddy. Before I was your kid,' [he said], and then just went back to whatever three-year-old game he was playing.
"We had never even visited that side of the city we were in. He had no clue that the graveyard was even there."
From Redditor HydraulicTurtle:
"When I was about four [years old], we were driving through Scotland. I'd never been to Scotland in my life, and we stopped at this pub in a small village in the Cairngorms. I got out the car and said, 'Oh my favorite place,' which my parents thought a bit weird.
"They sat down and got a drink, and my dad looked around and said, 'Where are the toilets?'
"I apparently leapt up and took him by the hand straight to the toilets, which were actually tucked right away behind a fake wall type thing. Again, my parents were a bit unsettled, but just assumed I had seen them on the way in.
"Then it got weird. I was telling my mom about how much I used to love coming here and sitting beside the fire. There actually wasn't a fire in the pub at all, so Mom laughed and asked me, 'What fire?' I pointed to wall and said that there used to be a fire over there. She shrugged it off, but then I carried on and went into more detail. I claimed I used to live out here and come in the pub nearly every day. I was friends with the owner, Fred.
"My mom went and spoke to one of the bar staff and asked if there was a man named Fred here, to which she replied, 'Oh, no. Sorry, miss. Fred died over 10 years ago now.'"
Buzzfeed user Corinneoestreich:
"When my son was five, we were all eating lunch at a popular restaurant that has old farming equipment on the walls. As we were sitting at our table waiting for our plates to be delivered, my son casually pointed to a complicated piece of equipment and began to explain to me what it was and what it was specifically used for when harvesting. My husband and I stared at him in confusion, and I said, 'Hunter, how do you know this?'
"His answer sent shivers down my spine and has caused me to rethink what may be possible with our journeys as souls.
"'I'm not sure.. I just know. That blade was sharp though.'
"And then he shivered to himself as if remembering some horrible injury before lifting his peanut butter sandwich."
"When I was your age, I changed your diaper." That's just one of the incredibly creepy quotes Sam, an 18-month-old infant, said to his father Ron, according to Reader's Digest.* Sam believed he was his deceased grandfather and repeated things there was no way an infant could have possible known.
At 18 months of age, Sam was speaking in full sentences and shared this chilling exchange with his parents about a sister he couldn't have known existed. Sam was asked if he had any siblings in his past life. He said he had a sister who "turned into a fish."
"Who turned her into a fish?" his parent's asked.
"Some bad guys. She died," he replied.
While Sam didn't have any siblings, eerily enough his grandfather did have a sister. Her body was found in the San Francisco Bay after being murdered 60 year's prior. How did he know?
*Reader's Digest changed Sam and Ron's actual names.