New Clothes for Old Souls: Worldwide Evidence for Reincarnation

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A detailed study of the subject of metempsychosis, or the transmigration of souls, and the memories some souls return with to the living world. Cases from different countries and communities are examined, and others relating to the Druze community in Lebanon and elsewhere are considered in a special appendix. New Clothes for Old Souls: Worldwide Evidence for Reincarnation presents a thorough investigation of the fascinating subject of reincarnation and the memories some souls return with. Guy Lyon Playfair draws on an in-depth range of research and brings to the attention of the reader the work of other leaders in the field, notably the late Hernani Guimares Andrade in Brazil, and Erlendur Haraldsson, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Iceland, who has also contributed the Appendix to this work. The book examines cases from several countries and communities where there is a belief in reincarnation, and also relates the histories of some cases that emerged where such a belief may be held privately but is not usually openly discussed or acknowledged. The research and investigations into each possible reincarnation case are thorough and objective, yet retain a no nonsense common sense approach.

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GUY LYON PLAYFAIR became interested in psychical research in 1972 while living in Rio de Janeiro and working as a freelance writer and photographer (The Economist, Time, Associated Press, McGraw-Hill World News etc.). A friend invited him to attend a session of 'psychic surgery' given by Edivaldo Oliveira Silva, as described in his first book The Flying Cow (1975) (The Unknown Power in U.S. and paperback editions) together with his subsequent research into poltergeists, reincarnation, mediumship. His second book The Indefinite Boundary (1976) also dealt with psychic phenomena in Brazil. In 1973 he moved to São Paulo to work with Brazil's pioneering parapsychologist Hernani Guimarães Andrade. Returning to the UK he wrote The Cycles of Heaven (1978) and then spent a year investigating, with Maurice Grosse, the Enfield poltergeist as documented in This House is Haunted (1980). Further research in two somewhat different fields led to The Haunted Pub Guide and If This Be Magic, an inquiry into hypnotism (both 1985). He then collaborated with Uri Geller on The Geller Effect (1986). After publishing two other books on non-psychic subjects he returned to the field in 2002 with Twin Telepathy, which led to successful experiments shown on television (Richard and Judy, Channel 4, January 10th 2003; also on Discovery's Miracle Hunters and National Geographic's Naked Science). His most recent book New Clothes for Old Souls - Worldwide Evidence for Reincarnation, commissioned by the Druze Heritage Foundation, is to be published in 2006. His books have been translated into about 15 languages. He has also written numerous articles for magazines in several countries, and has worked as researcher and consultant on numerous radio and television programmes. He has been a member of the Society for Psychical Research since 1973 and was elected to its council in 2004. He has contributed several articles and book reviews to its journal and newsletter.

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