A remarkable case of reincarnation?
Dorothy Eady, also known as Omm Sety, was born in London, England in 1904. At the age of three, she fell down the stairs at her home and was declared dead. She surprised everyone when she awoke. That surprise grew when she began to speak with a heavy foreign accent and started asking to be “taken home”. Only it wasn’t her current home she was seeking.
On a trip to British Museum with her parents, she came across a photograph in the New Kingdom temple exhibits room and called out, “this is my home!” but “where are the trees? Where are the gardens?” The temple was that of Seti I, the father of Rameses the Great.1
She continued to return to the British Museum, eventually meeting E. A. Wallis Budge, who, admiring her enthusiasm, encouraged her to study hieroglyphics.
While working in London with an Egyptian public relations magazine she met her husband, an Egyptian named Eman Abdel Meguid. Together they moved back to Egypt and had a child together. They named him Sety, after the king that she had loved in a previous life. And so she became known as mother of Sety, or Omm Sety.
Her Past Life
Omm Sety believed that she had been a priestess in Ancient Egypt. An apparition of Hor-Ra (Horus) conveyed this to her through episodes of automatic writing. He told her of her past as a young child who was given to the temple of Kom el-Sultan after her mother had died.
When she was twelve years old, the High Priest asked her if she wished to go out into the world or stay and become a consecrated virgin. In the absence of full understanding and without a practical alternative, she took the vows.2
One day Seti I visited and spoke to her. The two became lovers. When she became pregnant she told the High Priest who the father was. The High Priest informed her that the penalty of her actions against Isis was most likely a death penalty at a trial. Unwilling to face the public scandal for Seti, she committed suicide rather than face trial.3
Her lifetime in the present
Omm Sety may have been a fascination for many due to her past life, but it was her accomplishments and her knowledge in the present life that made her case of reincarnation one of the most convincing in recent history.
At age 29, with her husband in tow, she finally stepped onto Egyptian soil. When she did so for the first time she knelt down and kissed the ground, rejoicing that she had finally returned home. She would stay there until the time of her death.
In her early years she worked aside Selim Hassan on the Giza Plateau. She was the department’s first female employee and a boon to Hassan. Hassan’s magnum opus, the ten-volume “Excavations at Giza”, gives “special mention, with sincere gratitude,” to Dorothy Eady for her editing, drawing, indexing, and proofreading work.4
After Hassan’s death her stature preceded her. Ahmed Fahkry hired her following Hassan’s death in his pyramid research at Dahshur.
In 1956 Fahkry’s work was terminated and after climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid and asking Osiris for direction, Omm Sety returned to the home of her past life in Abydos.
Omm Sety’s Twilight Years and the return to source
It was here where she took on the name of Omm Sety. During a visit to the Temple of Seti, which she describes as “like walking into somewhere I’d lived before”, the chief of antiquities was visiting at the same time. He had heard of Omm Sety before, as she was well known for both her unsettling knowledge of ancient Egypt and her eccentricities. He was keen to test Omm Sety, and took her to the temple. In complete darkness he instructed her to stand at particular wall paintings. After six attempts to find fault with her knowledge of the temple, all failing, he gave up, thoroughly bemused. At the time of this visit, the painting locations or the layout of the temple had not yet been published. In fact, even the excavators themselves hadn’t catalogued the entire temple.5
It was also during this time that the gardens she had told her parents were missing from a photograph of the temple were excavated. The gardens were exactly where and as she had described them almost fifty years prior as a young girl who had never set foot in Egypt.
Every morning and night she would visit the Temple to recite the prayers for the day. She even transformed one of the temple rooms into a personal office, where she carried out her work and befriended a cobra whom she fed on a regular basis, to the alarm of the temple guards.6
She described the Temple of Seti as like entering a time machine, where the past becomes the present and the modern mind has difficulty understanding a world in which magic is accepted.7
Her final chapter
After suffering a mild heart attack and retiring from the antiquities department, the son of the keeper of the temple of Seti built an attachment to his house in which Omm Sety would live out the last of her years. It was here that she would leave her final story of an otherworldly encounter.
Omm Sety reported in her diary that Seti I appeared to consecrate the house and recounted the one and only time he saw the god Set, after whom he was named.
As a prelude to meeting Set he fasted for ten days before entering the Chapel of the Great Strength, where the god appeared with “a beauty that cannot be described“. On sensing that he was the spirit of all that was cruel and evil, Seti fled to the sound of mocking laughter from the god, never to serve Set again. He counseled that “one should not serve an evil being, even if it appears to have a good or useful attribute or function.8
Seti made several visits during the following weeks, during which he gave his opinion of the Greek story of Atlantis (a Cretan had once told him that the islands of the Aegean were the tops of mountains from a great land that had sunk into the Mediterranean) and the origins of Osiris (“our Lord came from Amenti, whence he returned”).9
Her peers respected her
Omm Sety impressed egyptologists with her knowledge of ancient Egypt. Klaus Baer of the Oriental Institute commented that “she had visions and worshipped the ancient Egyptian gods. But she understood the methods and standards of scholarship, which is usually not the case with nuts,” nor did she “desire to convert anyone.”10
William Murnane of the Oriental Institute recalled “It was always a pleasure to be with her and listen to whatever she said…you really couldn’t take her anything but seriously.”11
A Solid case for reincarnation
Whether you’re skeptical or not, Omm Sety’s case is a remarkable example of reincarnation. She was well respected by the higher echelons of the egyptology community and exhibited incredible knowledge where it was not always clear of a source.
The dedication she had to a life that she perhaps felt was unfinished was incredible and it would be a mistake to not give this a second thought.
However, much of Omm Sety’s story comes from her own writings and journals and is unfortunately not corroborated by any other source, so we take it with some skepticism. It is impressive however that many respected members of the egyptology community speak well of her.
An alternative possibility
Remote-viewing researcher Stephan A Schwartz rejects her reincarnation hypothesis and instead believes that she may have been victim to collective consciousness or remote viewing. He does also accept that what she believed might have been true.12
Other Psi investigators disagree with Schwartz with the argument as to why subjects focus on one previous person’s memories to the exclusion of anyone else’s. One possibility could be related to the simulation hypothesis in that when a computer experiences a fault (in this case Omm Sety’s bad fall and clinically registered death) it can lead to some unexpected consequences in the way the computer system may pull data. This may be another possible explanation where there is some quantum memory overlap “glitch”.
Either way the overall case definitely falls into the category of high strangeness.
Thanks for reading!
- Omm Sety’s Living Egypt: Surviving folkways from Pharaonic Times, Omm Sety (author), Edited by Nicole B. Hansen, Glyphdoctors Chicago, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9792023-0-8
- The Search for Omm Sety, Jonathan Cott in collaboration with Dr. Hanny El Zeini, Doubleday & Company, 1987, ISBN 0-385-23746-4
- Hansen, Omm Sety’s Living Egypt
- Cott, The Search for Omm Sety, pg.42
- Cott, pg. 6
- Cott, pg.46
- Cott, pg. 79
- Cott, pg. 85
- Cott, pg. 80
- Cott, pg. 103-106
- Cott, pg 107-110
- Cott, The Search for Omm Sety, pg. 54-56
- Strudwick, Nigel (22 January 2001). “William Murnane” – via The Guardian.