Who’s Your Grandad?
Gus Taylor was 18 months old when he started to say that he was his own grandfather. Young children can be confused about their own identity and those of their family members, but this was different. His grandfather had died a year before Gus was born and the boy totally believed they were the same person. When shown some family photographs, Gus identified “Grandpa Augie” when he was four years old.
There was a family secret that nobody had ever spoken about in front of or around Gus—Augie’s sister had been murdered and dumped in the San Francisco Bay. The family were perplexed when the four-year-old child started to talk about his dead sister. According to Gus, God gave him a ticket after he died. With this ticket he was able to travel through a hole, after which he came back to life as Gus.
Reincarnation is the idea or belief when someone who has been dead and born again, but with a different body. Other terms of reincarnation are rebirth, metensomatosis – “passage from one body to another”, to begin again. This belief is shared by the religions of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Gains, Sikhs and Sufis.
The story that you have just read few minutes ago is an example of reincarnation. Grandpa Augie has already been dead for how long, then Gus was born. This is what you call being born again or rebirth, but in a different body. It may either be a human body or anything.
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