What awaits us after death? The theme of reincarnation, the rebirth of an individual's spirit in another physical body, after a certain interval of time after his earthly death, is recurrent in many religions.
One of the most prominent proponents of reincarnation in the West was the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and more recently, the doctrine of reincarnation has formed an integral part of the New Age movement. The doctrine of reincarnation is one of the most widespread and ancient beliefs of which man has become the spokesperson over time and which has survived in contexts and cultural areas that are also very distant from each other.
From the scientific point of view, many cases of alleged cases have been examined: in the story of Dorothy Eady the evidence in this regard is so credible as to leave room for the possibility that reincarnation is a real fact.
The bizarre story of Dorothy Eady
Born in a London suburb to a lower-middle-class family during the Edwardian era, Dorothy Louise Eady (Blackheath, January 16, 1904 - El Araba El Madfuna, April 21, 1981) was an English writer and Egyptologist, keeper of the Temple of Seti I in Abido, draftsman of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, also known as Omm Sety,Om Seti and Bulbul Abd el-Meguid.
What makes her so special is, however, her conviction that in a previous life she was none other than a priestess of Isis.
At the age of three, in fact, following a bad fall, she was declared dead by the family doctor but an hour after the alleged death, when the doctor returned to prepare the body for the funeral home, she found the little Dorothy sitting on the bed, playing. Since then, she began to exhibit strange behaviors: she spoke of a recurring dream from a past life, in a huge pillared building, as well as insistently asking to be "brought home", she had developed the "foreign accent syndrome".
She was expelled from Sunday school because she compared Christianity to the Egyptian "pagan" religion and, later, from a Dulwich girls' school for refusing to sing a hymn calling upon God to "curse the swart Egyptians".
One year later, during a visit to the British Museum, she was able to enter the Egyptian galleries: the child freed herself from her mother's grip and then ran to prostrate herself at the feet of the ancient statues to kiss them. It was clear then that what she called "home" was none other than ancient Egypt.
At the age of fifteen she said that she had received a night visit from the mummy of Pharaoh Seti I( the father of Rameses the Great): her behavior, together with her bizarre dreams, led her to be interned in sanatoriums several times.
Although she could not afford a higher education, Eady did her best to find out as much as possible about the ancient civilization by convincing prominent Egyptologists such as Sir E.A. Wallis Budge to teach her the rudiments of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
At the age of 27, she was presented with the opportunity to work in the office of an Egyptian magazine published in London and soon she became a champion of modern Egyptian nationalism and the glories of the pharaonic era. In the office, she met Imam Abd el-Meguid and, in 1933, Eady and Meguid moved to Egypt where they got married.
However, Dorothy Eady was extremely eccentric and this, together with her strange connection with the ancient Egyptian civilization, irreparably undermined her marriage: she told her husband that she had been visited at night with an apparition of Hor-Ra, who, for a period of twelve months, dictated to her the history of her previous life, contained in about seventy pages of cursive hieroglyphic text, according to which an Egyptian priestess, Bentreshyt, daughter of a vegetable saleswoman and a soldier, committed suicide after being pregnant with the same pharaoh Seti I, had reincarnated into her. In her diaries, kept secret until her death, Eady wrote of the numerous dream visits by the spirit of her ancient lover, Pharaoh Sety I.
Despite the divorce in 1936, Dorothy who considered Egypt her real home never returned to England but decided to accept a post at the Department of Antiquities where she distinguished herself for her remarkable knowledge of the aspects of the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. She quickly became an established practitioner capable of ingenious as well as inexplicable insights and of providing immensely useful practical assistance in excavations to fellow Egyptologists, insights that proved true and that could not be rationally explained, except by admitting her "past life experience" .
While excavating, she claimed to remember a detail from her previous life and was able to give precise instructions on where and what to look for. Knowledge of her civilization and ruins has earned her the respect of professional colleagues who have taken full advantage of the countless cases in which her memory has led to important discoveries.
She worked with Egyptian archaeologist Selim Hassan, assisting him with his publications and aided Professor Ahmed Fakhry in his exploration of the pyramidal fields of the great Memphite necropolis.
When he finally retired in 1969, he continued to reside in the village of Araba el-Madfuna near Abydos, where he had long been a familiar figure to both archaeologists and tourists and spent countless hours there in his declining years sharing his vast wealth of knowledge with visiting archaeologists. James P. Allen, of the American Research Center in Cairo, described her as a patron saint of Egyptology, noting, "Idon't know an American archaeologist in Egypt who doesn't respect her."
Dorothy Eady died on April 21, 1981, in the village near the sacred temple city of Abydos. In keeping with ancient Egyptian tradition, her tomb on the western side of her garden had a sculpted figure of Isis with outstretched wings at its head: Eady was certain that after her death her spirit would travel through the door of the West to reunite with the friends he had met in life.
Who was Dorothy Eady really?
Scholars have wondered how she managed, without having had an academic and professional training, to know so many details about a very distant era that still hides innumerable secrets from archaeologists. Was it possible that she was the reincarnation of an ancient priestess or her knowledge of her was the result of years of intense and solitary study of a person who dedicated her entire life to the culture of ancient Egypt?
"Sleeping that she may wake, dying that she may live."
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