Chasing after the past, as in past life

When it comes to a reincarnation story, I don’t have many to share, and some of you might have heard this one before. My mom told me this story when I was little. She was from Thailand, and didn’t move to Laos until she was in her late teens.  Back then she lived in a small village, and when she was little, people would barter rice or other items for food, sort of trade instead of buying, my grandmother had all kinds of stuff that people would come and trade, like rice, coconuts, and betel chewing.

Then one day, there was a 16 year old girl that came with her mom, they came to barter for rice at my grandmother’s house, and she saw my mom’s neighbors, 2 elderly ladies in their 60s and she started calling them by their names, using the term EE in front and that upset everyone because that’s very rude for a young person to do that, that’s like saying ‘Yo!.’  Then the young girl told them that she was their mother and asked for her items that they didn’t give her when she passed away, it was her Betel chewing basket.

She was able to tell everything about them in great detail, and had everyone convinced that she was really the reincarnation of their mother, which my mom had no doubt that it was really her.  They went back with her to her new family and she was happy that she got her Betel basket back.  My mom said that 3 days later, she got sick and passed away.  It was believed that she only came to get her basket. It was a sad story, happily reunited for only a brief moment, then parted again the second times around through death.

Of course, this is not very strange for the Thais and Lao as most are Buddhists and believe in reincarnation. But when I read about a Briton artist, Nileen Namita whom believed that she was the Queen Nefertiti in her past life, Queen of the Nile sort of left me speechless. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she began her transformation in 1987 after deciding that in a past life she had lived as Nefertiti.

She said: ‘Throughout my childhood and teen years I had constant vivid dreams of this ancient queen.

‘They were visions of incredible intensity – I could see where she lived, her servants, her rooms, even the food she ate – and although at first I found the dreams frightening, I began to research what they meant.

‘Aged 23 I underwent psychoanalysis with a counselor. Slowly I began to realize that I was having these dreams because I am a reincarnation of Nefertiti.

‘A few weeks later I saw a picture of Nefertiti for the first time and I was struck by how familiar it was.

‘I know some people will find it hard to understand why I have put myself through so much surgery, but by then the visions had become even more powerful, I decided to remodel my face so I looked like a modern version of Nefertiti.’ Read the rest of her interview here.

See for yourself, this picture was taken after numerous surgeries and on the right hand side was a bust of Queen Nefertiti, the true Beauty of the Nile.

At the age of  49, a mother of three has undergone eight nose jobs, three chin implants, one eyebrow lift, three facelifts, six mini facelifts, two lip surgeries, five eye surgeries and 20 other minor procedures. Wait, that’s not all, she feels that she still needs her lips to be made a little finer and plan to have some more surgery on her nose to even out her nostrils.

Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen, a chief wife of the Pharoah Akhenaten.  It is believed that Nefertiti was active in the religious and cultural changes initiated by her husband. She also had the position as a priest, and she was a devoted worshiper of the god Aten.

What Nefertiti now is remembered for is the painted limestone bust depicting her, one of the greatest works of art of the pre-modern world . This is exhibited in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany.

And what Nileen Namita is known for is that she thought she was the reincarnation of Queen Nefertiti, and since then she has spent more than $325,000 and undergone 51 cosmetic procedures to turn herself into a living replica of an ancient Egyptian sculpture of the famous queen. In my humble opinion, there are other ways to resemble the Egyptian queen, looks is not everything and I feel that she is wasting her life chasing after something that’s not there.  If those visions were true, I can’t say that she understood and interpreted them correctly, it might be a sign for her to follow the footstep of the great queen Nefertiti, to do greater things for humankind, but here she can’t get passed her looks and I’m afraid that time is not on her side.


  1. Wow, really interesting. I have heard stories like this before, but it’s really rare to hear or know about it.
    I think that lady looked fine and you do can tell the similarity, but why would she go through all that; interesting.
    Thank you, 😀

    • Hi Lala, she is an extreme case, made me think of Michael Jackson when I saw her photos. I don’t even know if she qualified for an Image disorder or not. 😦

  2. I believe in past lives… but I don’t agree with plastic surgery. You were made the way you are for a reason. The past should be left in the past, not to be remodeled again.

    but very interesting story.

    • lady0fdarkness, I also believe in past lives based on our belief while I was growing up, but the actually concept of past lives is a new territory to me and not sure why some of us have that vivid flashback, made me think that it’s some form of communication that some have in the dimensions of time. I really have to read more on this in order to have a better understanding.

    • lady0fdarkness, That’s true. But for people (over the age of 18 or under 18 if the parents okay it) who have inherited an unwanted physical flaw that can now be corrected with current technology shouldn’t have to with their frustrations. We can’t hide from karma but we do have a basic universal human right change our destiny.

      • Hi Zeddicus, I guess that’s why the insurance company draw the line between cosmetic surgery and medical surgery, but we don’t always agree with their conclusion. And in her case, it’s not so much of a physical flaw to begin with, but now it looks like it’d be because she had so many procedures done that it’d make her next procedure very difficult because of all her scar tissues.

  3. I think she is acting in a very narcissistic way. I agree with you that she should have researched the queen’s life and deeds and celebrated that. I doubt the real queen would approve which makes me believe she is not her reincarnation. JMO. 🙂 Still, interesting to read about.

    • Hi Scott, I think she likes being in the limelight and loves the attention that she’s getting, especially when people pay her a compliment that she looks half her age, but I think people that know her are just being nice. I read comments on the internet about her, and those surfers don’t hold anything back, made me wonder what she thinks of herself after reading those comments.

  4. I agree, it’s not about the look. Why waste all that money to chase after a face that is honestly unknown to man.

    But we Hmong people do believe in reincarnation!

    • mozemoua, thanks for the information, I’m learning beliefs of different cultures from this post, and was wondering about the Hmong, we do have a lot in common.

      If I were her and if the belief were so strong, I would move to Egypt and perhaps find peace living there, but of course life wouldn’t be as glamorous as living in England. I think for her to keep changing her appearance, I can’t say that she is happy with herself.

      • Nye, Hmong people do have a lot of things in common with the Laos and Thai people, in fact we had adapted a few of their belief and lifestyle, or it seems. I too am learning a lot about the Hmong culture and belief as each day goes by. I’ve heard a few reincarnation stories, but nothing as strong to believe as yours. If I can recall of any, I’ll be sure to let you know.

        I do agree, I don’t think she likes her looks very much or else she wouldn’t had change her face as much as she had. Honestly, how can she try to make herself look like the queen if no one had ever really seen how she looks like. Like you’ve said, she can jsut move to Egypt and try to live her life, but instead she choose to spend lots of money changing her face. Man she sure do got lots of money to spend!

        • mozemoua, I’m learning a lot just by reading your blog and have a better understand of Hmong people, one great thing about blogging and the internet. 🙂

          I think she likes the attention that she is getting and it could be very addictive. Some would go under the knife just to be on the limelight, but I don’t know if it’s worth it.

          • I too am learning a great deal about the Laos and Thai culture through blogging! I am glad I took up blogging!

            I don’t think it’ll ever be worth it to go under the knife!! I would rather spend my hard earn money in a better way!

            • mozemoua, everyone sees things differently, I guess this is like us buying a house, and we call it investment, and she is investing in her looks. 🙂

  5. There are so many interesting reincarnation stories. This lady’s story is the strangest of them all.

    I also believe in reincarnation. And was told there are usually scars to look for left from their previous life.

    One day I want to go into regression and see what other lives I’ve lived. 🙂

    • Cambree, when Lee was born, she has a birthmark on one of her ankles, and my mom said that she and her brother marked their mother’s ankle, same spot as Lee, so she believed that Lee was her mom reincarnated. I kind of think that people reincarnated in the same social circle.

      I can’t remember anything, but I’m not sure if I want to find out. 🙂

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