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A Male Reincarnates as a Woman, Retains Male Traits and Becomes a Lesbian

The Chlidren's Past Life Story of a Japanese Soldier | Ma Tin Aung Myo

Understanding Homosexuality and Gender Identity through Reincarnation








A Male Reincarnates as a Woman, Retains Male Traits & Becomes a Lesbian


The Children's Past Life Story of a Japanese Soldier | Ma Tin Aung Myo


Understanding Homosexuality & Gender Identity Issues through Reincarnation


& The Case of Sasha Fleischman: A Male Teen whose Skirt was set on Fire

How Derived: Past Life Memories in Childhood
Researcher: Ian Stevenson, MD
From:: Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume IV, Thailand and Burma, by Ian Stevenson, MD

Article by: Walter Semkiw, MD

View Video with Past Life Research of Ian Stevenson, MD at the University of Virginia: Evidence of Reincarnation

Nathul, Burma during the Japanese Occupation

The setting of this case is in the village of Nathul, in Burma.  During World War II, the Japanese army occupied Nathul, starting in 1942.

As there was a railroad station nearby, Allied fighters and bombers regularly bombed the area and used machine guns to strafe the ground to kill any Japanese soldiers that were spotted.  Attacks would often happen twice a day.

As the Allied planes ran sorties during the day, the Burmese villagers of Nathul would scatter into the countryside in the mornings.  The villagers would then return to their homes in the cover of the night’s darkness.  The Allied attacks continued through the spring of 1945. (1)

Daw Aye Tin and the Japanese Army Cook

U Aye Maung and his wife, Daw Aye Tin, were poor members of the community.  U Aye Maung worked as a porter at the railway station.  They had three daughters.

During the occupation, Daw became acquainted with a Japanese army cook, who was stocky, or heavy set, man.  Due to the heat, this cook typically wore shorts without a shirt.  Daw and the Japanese soldier had a common interest in cooking and they shared their respective knowledge regarding Burmese and Japanese cooking methods.  After a period of time, Daw lost contact with this soldier. (2)

Soul Plan: Daw has an Announcing Dream involving the Japanese Soldier as a Spirit Being

Time passed and Daw became pregnant with a fourth child.  During this pregnancy, Daw had a recurrent dream in which “a stocky Japanese soldier wearing short pants and no shirt followed her and said he would come and stay with them”  … She recognized him as the Japanese army cook.  “In the dream Daw Aye Tin was afraid of the soldier and told him not to follow her. The same dream occurred three times at intervals of five to ten days.”  (3)

Reincarnation Birthmark on Ma's Groin and a Phobia of Aircraft

Daw gave birth to another daughter on December 26, 1953, who was given the name Ma Tin Aung Myo.  It was noted that she had a birthmark, described as a dark patch the size of a thumb, on her groin. The birthmark appeared to itch, as Ma would scratch it.  (4)

As a child, Ma demonstrated a severe phobia of aircraft flying overhead.   When she was 4 years old, as she was walking with her father, a plane flew by and Ma began frightened and began to cry.  Her father asked what was wrong, but Ma would only say, “I want to go home, I want to go home.”  (5)

Thereafter, whenever a plane flew overhead Ma would cry.  In response to her father’s inquiries regarding her fear, Ma explained that she was afraid the planes would shoot them.

Her father explained to Ma that in the past planes shot at people, but that this no longer occurred.  Recall that the Japanese occupation of Burma, whith the associated Allied aircraft machine gun strafing runs, ended in 1945.  Ma was born in 1953 and as such, Ma had never witnessed planes shooting at people.  Her father’s attempts to reassure her failed and Ma continued to have a severe phobia of planes for years. (6)

A Child's Past Life Memories: Ma says She misses Japan and her Family

In addition to having this phobia, Ma often appeared depressed and would sit by herself weeping.  When she was asked what was wrong, Ma said, “I am pining for Japan.” (7)

She then began telling her family that she had memories of being a Japanese soldier stationed in Nathul, who was shot and killed by machine gun fire that came from an airplane.

Her memories gradually became more detailed.  She said that she had been a male Japanese soldier who came from northern Japan, who was married and had 5 children. He was stationed in Nathul as a cook.  (8)

Past Life Memory: Ma Remembers being Shot and Killed by an Airplane in a Past Lifetime

Ma remembered that she was near a pile of firewood and was about to start cooking a meal when the noise of an airplane approached.  Ma recalled hat the pile of firewood was next to an acacia tree, which stood about 75 meters from the house where Ma’s family lived.

She said that during this incident, the soldier, that she was, was wearing short pants and a big belt, but that he had taken off his shirt.  Ma recalled that the pilot of the plane saw the Japanese cook and made a strafing run in an effort to kill him.  The Japanese soldier ran around the pile of firewood trying to escape but a bullet struck him in the groin, which resulted in his immediate death.  (9)

Ma’s Reincarnation Birthmark is in the location of the Japanese Soldier’s Bullet Wound

Recall that Ma was born with a birthmark in the area of her groin.  Ian Stevenson has found that in many cases in which an individual died of a traumatic wound, such as a bullet or stab wound, a birthmark would be found in the same location in the individual’s next incarnation.  In other words, a wound can become a birthmark. (10)

The US War Plane that Killed Ma in a Past Lifetime was a P-38 Lightning

Ma also recalled that the plane that killed her in the lifetime as the Japanese soldier had two tails.  The plane Ma was referring had to be a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, which was an US-built fighter that was indeed used by the Allies in the Pacific Theater and in particular, in Burma.

After sharing these memories, when an aircraft flew overhead that would frighten Ma and she was told by her relatives that her fear was unwarranted, Ma would angrily respond, “What do you know? I was shot and killed.”

In 1963, when Ma was 9 years old, a helicopter landed in a field in Nathul.   Most villagers had never seen a helicopter and they gathered around to inspect this unusual machine.  In contrast, Ma began crying and fled in fear to the family’s home. (11)

Past Life Emotions: Ma wants to go Back to Japan

Ma told her family that she wanted to go back to Japan, as she missed her children from her prior lifetime.  She said that when she grew up, she would move to Japan.  She wanted a big belt, like the Japanese soldier had, to protect her stomach from the cold.  Her identification with Japan was very unusual, as the Burmese did not have any fondness for the Japanese, due to their occupation of Burma and the attendant cruelties that the Japanese inflicted on the Burmese.  The family demonstrated their annoyance by calling Ma, “the Japanese guy.” (12)

A Possible Case of Xenoglossy

Her family also noticed that Ma would talk to herself and other children using words they didn’t understand.   Though the language Ma was speaking was not identified, it is possible that Ma was speaking Japanese. (13)  If so, this represents the ability to speak a language learned in a previous lifetime, a phenomenon known as: Xenoglossy

Reincarnation & Gender Change: Ma Dresses like a Man and is Repulsed by her Menstration

Ma demonstrated definite masculine traits.  She insisted on wearing boy’s clothes and refused to wear girl's apparel. When her mother tried to dress her as girl, she would throw the girl’s clothing aside.  When Ian Stevenson asked her about this issue, Ma boasted that she didn’t own even one piece of women’s clothing. (14)

She wore her hair cropped short like a man’s and wore men’s shirts.  The clothing issue became a major issue when Ma was in sixth grade.  School authorities demanded that she dress like a girl.  Ma refused and had to drop out. (15)

When she had her first menstrual period, she hated it, stating that it was “unbecoming for a man.” (16)

Reincarnation & Gender Change: Ma Accepts that She is a Lesbian

In 1972, when Ma was 19, she told Ian Stevenson that she had no desire to be with men and that she wanted a woman to be her wife.  She said that she already had a steady girlfriend at that time.  (17)

In 1981, when Ma was 28 years old, she had a girlfriend whom she was living with.  Ma said that if she married, she would wed a woman. Ma still talked about joining the army, “to live and fight with the men.” (18)

Change of Gender Reincarnation Cases may Explain Homosexuality in Some

This case demonstrates how reincarnation cases that involve gender change can provide an explanation for homosexuality, lesbianism, transsexualism and other gender issues.  Ian Stevenson’s reincarnation studies, in aggregate, show that souls change gender in only 10 percent of cases.  If a soul is accustomed to incarnating in one gender and then has a lifetime as the opposite gender, that soul may still identify with the previous, usual gender.  This may lead to homosexuality, transsexualism, transgender issues and gender identity disorder.

Sasha Fleischman: An Agender Teen's Skirt is Set on Fire

In November 2013, 18 year old Sasha Fleischman was taking the bus home from high school in Oakland, California.  Sasha was born a male, but prefers to wear skirts.  While riding the bus, Sasha fell asleep.  A 16 year old high school student then set Sasha's skirt on fire. Sasha incurred second and third degree burns and had to be hospitalized at the St. Francis Bothin Burn Center, in San Francisco.

Initial media reports characterized the incident as a hate crime, though the defendant's attorney has indicated that it actually was intended to be a harmless prank, which went terribly wrong. Regardless, individuals who are gay, lesbian or transexual have been victims of persecution. Recall the case of Matthew Shepard.

Ian Stevenson's reincarnation research, involving young children who spontaneously remember past lives that can be factually validated, shows that souls reincarnate in the same gender 90 percent of the time, inferring that souls have a preferred gender for incarnation. If a soul reincarnates in the sex they are not accustomed to, gender confusion can arise.

It may be that the soul of Sasha is accustomed to incarnating as a female. Though male in his contemporary lifetime, Sasha appears to retain a female mindset, which accounts for his preference to wear skirts.

Reincarnation, Gender Change & Gender Identity Issues

The retention of mindset of the gender of a prior incarnation is demonstrated in the case of the Japanese soldier | Ma. Other reincarnation cases which demonstrate gender identity issues due to change of sex include:

Chuey, a Boy, Drowns & Reincarnates as a Girl, but Retains Male Traits

Jaako Vuorenlehto Reincarnates as his Wife's Daughter, Taru Jarvi: Gender Confusion in Two Lifetimes

Poldi Holzmuller, a Female, Isn't Attracted to Boys, Says She Will Reincarnate as a Boy and Does

Reincarnation can help us be more tolerant of individuals with gender identity issues by giving insight that such issues can be a complication of changing gender from one lifetime to another. In the course of our evolution through lifetimes on Earth, any of us can experience gender confusion when we incarnate into a sex that we are not accustomed to.  I do believe that we all do change gender in our course of lifetimes on Earth, as the soul seeks a comprehesive understanding of what it is to be human, though both male and female incarnations

Principles of Reincarnation & Understanding Past Lives

Change in Gender: The Japanese soldier was male, but reincarnated as Ma, a female.  Ian Stevenson's past life research indicates that in 90 percent of cases, souls reincarnate in the same gender, infering that souls have a prefered sex or gender.  In this case Ma retained the masculine orientation of the Japanese soldier, including an attraction to women, which led to Ma becoming a lesbian. It appears that this soul was accustomed to incarnating as a man and though a woman in the incarnation of Ma, retained the mindset of a male.

Phobia from a Past Lifetime: Ma demonstrated a severe phobia of airplanes, apparently due to being shot and killed in an Allied P-38 strafing run in her past lifetime as a Japanese soldier.

Birthmark at the Site of a Past Life Wound:  Ian Stevenson, MD, found that when an individual died of a traumatic wound, such as those inflicted by a gun or knife, a birthmark would be found in the same location in the subsequent lifetime.  In this case, Ma had a birthmark on her groin, which is in the same location as the bullet wound that killed her in her lifetime as the Japanese cook, according to her past life memories.

Note to Readers: Ian Stevenson. MD was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia who wrote in a very academic style, as his target audience was fellow scientists.  On the IISIS web site, his past life cases are presented as children's past life-reincarnation stories to make his academic work easier to understand. For those interested in appreciating the scientific rigor of his research, such as his use of multiple witnesses to establish corroborated testimony, please refer to the original reports written by Dr. Ian Stevenson.

Go to: Independently Investigated Reincarnation Cases, featuring the Children's Past Life Research of Ian Stevenson, MD

Go to: Ryerson-Semkiw Celebrity & Historic Figure Reincarnation Cases

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1. Stevenson, Ian: Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume IV, Thailand and Burma, University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1983, page 231
2. Ibid, p. 232
3. Ibid, p. 229
4. Ibid, p. 238
5. Ibid, p. 230
6. Ibid, p. 230
7. Ibid, p. 230
8. Ibid, p. 232
9. Ibid, p. 232
10. Ibid, p. 238
11. Ibid, p. 233
12. Ibid, p. 234
13. Ibid, p. 234
14. Ibid, p. 234
15. Ibid, pages 236, 241
16. Ibid, p. 236
17. Ibid, p. 236
18. Ibid, p. 241
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