Book Review – Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect – 1997

Research Item

The night before the birth of Cemil Fahrici in Turkey, Cemil’s father dreamed that a distant relative, Cemil Hayik, entered the home. Hayik, a folk hero and bandit, had committed suicide during a shoot-out with the police. He had placed the muzzle of his gun to his chin and had set off the trigger with a toe. When the parents of the newborn boy found a birthmark under his chin, which actually bled and required stitching, they¬†thought he was the reincarnation of Cemil Hayik and named him Cemil. Their impression was reinforced when the boy began to speak and described events from the life of his namesake. Ian Stevenson, who investigated the case, discovered that the fatal bullet had exited at the top of the skull, lifting out part of the bone. He therefore asked Cemil Fahrici if he had another birthmark. “Without hesitating,” said Stevenson, “he pointed to the top of his head, and we quickly discovered a linear area of hairlessness on the left side of the top of his head”

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