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Physical Resemblance in the Ian Stevenson, MD

Child Past Life Memory Case of Daniel Jurdi





Child Reincarnation Story of Rashid Khaddege | Daniel Jurdi

How Case Derived: Past Life Memories in Childhood
Researcher: Ian Stevenson, MD
From: Old Souls by Tom Shroder
Article by: Walter Semkiw, MD, from Return of the Revolutionaries &


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Evidence & Proof of Reincarnation, Ian Stevenson Research, Walter Semkiw, MD Article

Rashid Dies After Ibrahim Crashes a Car

Rashid Khaddege was an auto mechanic who lived in a town named Kfarmatta (pronounced fur mat ta), in Lebanon. Rashid was born in 1943. When he was 25, in 1968, a friend named Ibrahim picked him up to go on a car ride. Ibrahim sped towards the Mediterranean Sea and at a place called Military Beach, lost control of the car. Rashid was thrown from the vehicle, incurred head trauma, and was instantly killed.

Past Life Memories: Little Daniel Calls for Ibrahim and Naim, his Past Life Father

Over a year later, Daniel Jurdi was born. Daniel’s earliest word was “Ibrahim.” At the age of two, he told his mother Latifeh, “I want to go home.” At two and one half, Daniel made the statements, “This is not my house. You are not my mother. I don’t have a father. My father died.” Daniel’s mother recalled, “He would not call Yusuf daddy.” “He called him by name.” Further, Daniel said, “My father was Naim.” Naim was Rashid Khaddege’s father.  (1)

At two and a half years of age, at a family picnic, a relative tried to pronounce the name of the town Kfarmatta. Daniel intervened and correctly pronounced the name of the town. When his father asked how he knew the name of the town, Daniel replied, “I am from Kfarmatta.” (2)

Past Life Memories: Daniel Remembers Dying at Military Beach

When Daniel and his mother were driving in Beirut, they passed the place on the sea called Military Beach. Daniel shut his eyes, hiding them with his hands, and started crying. He then screamed, “This is where I died.” As noted, this spot at Military Beach was indeed where Rashid Khaddege died. (3)

Daniel also related that in his prior lifetime, he was mechanic. Regarding the accident, Daniel said that Ibrahim was speeding and lost control of the car. Daniel said “I flew out of the car and landed on my head.” When help came to assist the injured, Daniel said that he heard someone say, “Leave this one, he’s dead.” (4)

Past Life Behavior: Daniel Pinches & Propositions his Nursery School Teacher

Evidence & Proof of Reincarnation, Ian Stevenson Research, Walter Semkiw ArticleIn nursery school, Daniel told teachers his name was Rashid Khaddege. In another incident at the nursery school, little Daniel pinched an attractive young teacher and made a suggestive remark. Daniel, as a child, was behaving like the adult Rashid.

Eventually, Daniel’s father sent an acquaintance to Kfarmatta, to inquire about someone fitting Daniel’s description of a mechanic who died in an auto accident at Military Beach. The Khaddeges heard about the story and visited Daniel.

Daniel Recognizes Ibrahim & Still Loves Bananas

When Ian Stevenson interviewed the two families in 1979, both said that upon their initial meeting, Daniel instantly recognized Rashid’s sister, Najla, and called her by name. When the families met, Daniel told his mother to bring bananas for the guests. Rashid loved bananas and his mother and sister stopped eating bananas after his death, because bananas reminded them of their loss of Rashid. Later on, during a visit to Kfarmatta, Daniel also spontaneously recognized Ibrahim, as well as Jijad, Rashid’s hunting buddy.

The Khaddege Family Keeps a Cot for Daniel

Rashid’s family has accepted Daniel as their son from a previous lifetime. They have a picture of him at their home and keep a bed for Daniel, who visits one to two times a month. Daniel has married and works as an accountant.

Daniel's Past Life Phobia of Fast Cars

Daniel has a phobia of racing cars, which apparently reflects the psychological trauma incurred by Rashid in the crash at Military Beach.

In the image provided, Daniel Jurdi is holding a photograph of his own past life persona, of Rashid Khaddege.  Place your cursor over the image to enlarge it and your arrow keys to scroll up and down on the image.  Like in the case of Suzanne Ghanem, which was also researched by Ian Stevenson, MD, a strong physical resemblance is evident.  These Stevenson cases support the premise that facial features remain consistent from one incarnation to another.

Understanding Past LIves & Principles of Reincarnation

This extremely compelling reincarnation case, if accepted, demonstrates the following features:

Physical Resemblance from One Lifetime to Another: Daniel Jurdi has the same facial features as his past life persona, Rashid Khaddege.

It is significant to note that Ian Stevenson first studied Daniel in Lebanon in 1979, when Daniel was 10 years old.  He revisited Daniel in 1998 when he traveled to Lebanon with Tom Schroder, a journalist with the Washington Post who was writing a book on Stevenson. In 1998, Daniel was now 29 years old and it was only at this point in time that Stevenson realized that Daniel has the same facial features as Rashid. The point is that we continue to accumulate new evidence involving cases that have been evolving over decades.

Relationships Renewed through Reincarnation: Daniel's past life family, the Khaddeges, accepted him as the reincarnation Rashid and kept a bed for him, so that he could stay with them.

Phobia from a Past Lifetime: Daniel had a fear of fast moving cars, which appears to stem from his past life death as Rashid Khaddege in a car crash.

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 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.

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1. Shroder, Tom: Old Souls, Fireside/Simon and Schuster, NY, NY, 2001, p. 74
2. Shroder, Tom: Old Souls, Fireside/Simon and Schuster, NY, NY, 2001, p. 50
3. Shroder, Tom: Old Souls, Fireside/Simon and Schuster, NY, NY, 2001,, p. 50
4. Shroder, Tom: Old Souls, Fireside/Simon and Schuster, NY, NY, 2001,, p. 74


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