Ram and Shesh Narain Diwediamoo compelled many, including a prominent psychologist, with their unique reincarnation tale.
Born in India in 1964, the two boys quickly regained what they believed to be memories of their past lives as two farmers – Bhimsen and Bhism Pitmah – who were murdered by a man named Jagnnath over a land dispute around four months before their reincarnated selves were born.
As with some of the most compelling cases of alleged reincarnation, the twins seemed to be able to recall specific details about their past lives as well as the names of their family members.
According to accounts from the time, friends and family members of the deceased farmers traveled to visit the twins who instantly recognized them, despite having never met them before.
Some of the details they could recall about their past lives were particularly impressive, including individual items of jewelry they had owned and the exact size of their plot of land.
The case eventually reached reincarnation researcher Dr Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia who conducted an extensive study into the twins’ claims.
“During a first trip to India I learned the cases consisted of much more than a child’s claim to remember a previous life,” he wrote.
“The children also showed behavior unusual in their families and that, in those cases in which the claims were verified, matched the behavior of the deceased persons the children claimed to have been.”
He was particularly intrigued by how much the twins knew about the murderer of their past selves, including the names of several of his accomplices.
Perhaps most intriguing of all was the presence of birthmarks on both the boys which seemed to correspond to the locations of the fatal injuries sustained by their predecessors.
Could Ram and Shesh have really been remembering details of their past lives ?
Sadly, we may never know for sure.