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* In one of the Thanksgiving episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe is asked what her worst Thanksgiving memory is. She recalls the time she was a nurse in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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* In one of the Thanksgiving episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe is asked what her worst Thanksgiving memory is. She recalls the time she was a nurse in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.


* ''{{Series/Pandora}}'': Jax starts having dreams of a woman that looks just like her from 150 years ago. Ralen, whose people firmly believe in past lives, thinks it's this and performs a ritual which helps retrieve more memories. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope However]], it turns out to be something else.]]



* In one episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' the [Something] Of The Week claims that she and Mulder were lovers in a previous life during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. He goes under hypnosis and seems to not only confirm it but discovers its a full Reincarnation Romance where several of the important people in his life (friends, family, and even ''enemies'') are always involved (Scully is usually his close friend, sibling or his superior; his sister is someone close who he loses every time, etc). Unfortunately, their romance rarely goes ''happily'', this encounter being no exception.

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* In one episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' the [Something] Of The Week claims that she and Mulder were lovers in a previous life during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. He goes under hypnosis and seems to not only confirm it but discovers its a full Reincarnation Romance ReincarnationRomance where several of the important people in his life (friends, family, and even ''enemies'') are always involved (Scully is usually his close friend, sibling or his superior; his sister is someone close who he loses every time, etc). Unfortunately, their romance rarely goes ''happily'', this encounter being no exception.

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** Also a variant with fairies. As part of their periodic reincarnations, a fairy can magically encode important memories to be passed on to their next self, preserving any information they think they will need. However, these memories are experienced at one remove, as if the fairy were reading them in a book or watching a movie.


* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "The Creeps" Finn has a vision of a ghostly, monstrous woman. A later episode, "The Vault", shows that the ghost has been haunting Finn's nightmares. Though a hypnosis-inducing BMO game, Finn unlocks the memories of his past lives and discovers that he is the reincarnation of the ghost (originally a woman named Shoko).

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "The Creeps" Finn has a vision of a ghostly, monstrous woman. A later episode, "The Vault", shows that the ghost has been haunting Finn's nightmares. Though a hypnosis-inducing BMO game, Finn unlocks the memories of his past lives and discovers that he is the reincarnation of the ghost (originally a woman named Shoko). In the later episode "The Comet" it is further revealed he is the reincarnation of a catalyst comet, a comet that hits the earth every 1000 years. Also, he was a butterfly in a past life at one point.

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* ''Manga/GrannyGirlHinataChan'': Kindergartners Hinata and Sakuya both retain their memories from their previous lives and it clearly colors their personalities in their present lives. Hinata has mannerisms and hobbies more typical of an elderly woman, which is where the series gets its title, while Sakuya is often aloof, hates baths, and can often be found in high places, [[spoiler:traits typical of cats like the one she had been previously]].


* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the [[OldMaster abbot]] of the History Monks is a master of serial reincarnation, currently in the body of a toddler. He retains the wisdom of his years, but his speech is often interrupted by the demands of the child. "...''Bikkit bikkit wanna bikkit.'' Unfortunately, young bodies have a mind of their own ''BIKKIT!''"

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* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'', the [[OldMaster abbot]] of the History Monks is a master of serial reincarnation, currently in the body of a toddler. He retains the wisdom of his years, but his speech is often interrupted by the demands of the child. "...''Bikkit bikkit wanna bikkit.'' Unfortunately, young bodies have a mind of their own ''BIKKIT!''"

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* ''Literature/TheReluctantKing'': Karadur tells Jorian people from Earth have faint memories from their past lives in the world they come from, where gods and magic are quite real, which explains why belief is very prevalent here despite little evidence of them.

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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', elves [[TheSleepless don't truly sleep]], but "trance" for a few hours each night. Young elves experience flashes of memory from their previous incarnations while they trance, and are considered to have entered adulthood when they instead have memories from their current life.


* In RealLife, there are people who claim that a person can unlock memories of their past incarnations under hypnosis, usually the directly preceding one. Often, this is declared to be a reason for that person's mental problems, essentially a case of suppressed memories taken UpToEleven. Needless to say, psychologists are skeptical, especially as the very idea of suppressed memories as a cause of problems is rapidly becoming discredited. This is probably one of the more common kinds of reincarnation claims in the Western world.

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* In RealLife, there are people who claim that a person can unlock memories of their past incarnations under hypnosis, usually the directly preceding one. Often, this is declared to be a reason for that person's mental or even physical problems (such as chronic pains) problems, essentially a case of suppressed memories taken UpToEleven. Needless to say, psychologists are skeptical, especially as the very idea of suppressed memories as a cause of problems is rapidly becoming discredited. This is probably one of the more common kinds of reincarnation claims in the Western world.


* Despite sounding like a complete fantasy, this phenomenon is present in real life and is a subject of serious research, although it is also dismissed by many as simple false memories. Potential past life memories usually manifest with small children (2-5 years of age) and tend to fade before the child reaches 10 years.



* Hypnosis and past-life regression is generally considered to be inaccurate, while there are verifiable cases, a lot of people may claim to be the same person (such as someone famous), for example.

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* Some of the more prominent practicioners of past life regression are Brian Weiss, Michael Newton (who called his technique "life between lives hypnotherapy"), Carol Bowman (who also investigated spontaneous memories) and Helen Wambach, who (succesfully) attempted to verify historical informations and statistics - gender, social class etc. of her subjects.
* Hypnosis and past-life regression is generally considered to be inaccurate, while there are verifiable cases, a lot of people may claim to be the same person (such as someone famous), for example. Regression memories are also harder to verify than spontaneous, as the time interval between last death and birth is usually decades or even centuries, while with spontaneous memories, the average time interval is 4 years, and median only 16 months.


* One of the most well known cases in the West is James Leininger, whose supposed previous life as a WW2 pilot James Hudson (Who died during the battle of Iwo Jima) initially gave him horrible recurring nightmares, so his parents could not just dismiss it as imagination or overlook it.

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* One of the most well known cases in the West is James Leininger, whose supposed previous life as a WW2 pilot James Hudson (Who died during the battle of Iwo Jima) initially gave him horrible recurring nightmares, so his parents could not just dismiss it as imagination or overlook it.
it. Another well known case is Ryan Hammons, who recalled a life of hollywood extra, later a succesful talent agency owner, Marty Martyn.


* Past life researchers usually rely on spontaneous recall, which occurs with some small children (they usually fade before age of 10). The most well known researchers in this field are Ian Stevenson and Jim B. Tucker. They were able to find many cases and even confirm (compare the child's claims to actual information about deceased people) many of them. However, their work was criticised as being a result of cryptomnesia and confabulation, mostly because they performed the majority of their research in areas with pre-existing belief in reincarnation (hinduist and buddhist majority countries). It is possible, though, that such cases mostly appear there, because parents are more likely to take children's recall seriously, unlike monotheists or atheists, who are prevalent in the West. To adress this, Stevenson also investigated specific cases in Europe.

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* Past life researchers usually rely on spontaneous recall, which occurs with some small children (they usually fade before age of 10). The most well known researchers in this field are Ian Stevenson and Jim B. Tucker. They were able to find many cases and even confirm (compare the child's claims to actual information about deceased people) many of them. However, their work was criticised as being a result of cryptomnesia and confabulation, mostly because they performed the majority of their research in areas with pre-existing belief in reincarnation (hinduist and buddhist majority countries). It is possible, though, that such cases mostly appear there, because parents are more likely to take children's recall seriously, unlike monotheists or atheists, who are prevalent in the West. To adress this, Stevenson also investigated specific cases in Europe.Europe, while Tucker focused on American cases.
* Stevenson also investigated possible link between birthmarks or birth defects and (usually fatal) wounds of the previous person. He was often even able to verify these corresponding wounds in autopsy reports. he also reported the possibility of xenoglossy, a partial transfer of language knowledge from previous life (although most cases were too weak to be taken as an evidence).

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* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'': The titular Hopeful possess the ability to reincarnate, and the vast majority of Princesses have lived at least one life already. Their memories of their past lives will be fragmented and vague, but they can still provide valuable intelligence about the lost secrets of the Kingdoms, or even allow a Princess to learn skills she never had a chance to study in this life.

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