Where in the World Did You Live in a Past Life?

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Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Which historical garment would you like to bring back from your past lives?

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Change happens faster these days. How do you feel about the pace of it today?

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If you could go back to your past life with a trunk full of engineering, medical, and other books, what kind of technology would you "invent" first?

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Which banner would you tremble to see on the horizon?

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Which modern nation best reflects the political values of your time?

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Gardens have been around as long as civilization. How do you organize yours?

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What sort of shoe appeals to you most?

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Modern life is much louder than your past lives. Which modern noise annoys you the most?

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How do you feel about the state of democracy, compared to your past lives?

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Which element of your past life do you instinctively NOT miss at all?

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What sort of weather event instantly transports you back to your past life?

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How do you think your past life likely ended?

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Land ownership has changed throughout history. What's your preferred modern model for it?

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Which modern empire or superpower instinctively scares you a little, based on past life trauma?

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Which modern supranational structure do you think past life you would have approved of the most?

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Which music reminds of you of the distant past?

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When you go on vacation, what type of sites draw you in first?

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What impulse from the past do you often find you must suppress?

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Which form of transport is surely the most romantic?

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What is your favorite way to get a meal?

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Do you feel a strange affinity for a particular modern nation that you can't explain, but where you suspect your past self did NOT live?

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What interior design aesthetic feels like coming home?

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How many languages is the minimum you feel you need to get by in the world?

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How do you like to learn about history?

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Political realignments affect some places more often than others. Could you bear to live in a place that typically expects them frequently?

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What character trait do you feel best reflects your past self's attitude to making war on neighbors?

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When you have a dream from your past life, what are you usually doing?

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What do you think your past self would like best about the life you live today?

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Most modern writing means ink on paper, going horizontally. What other kinds of writing appeal to you?

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If your past self could warn you about one thing, what would it be?

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About This Quiz

Modern life is a contradiction in many ways. We have more wealth than ever, yet we don't work shorter hours. We have better medicine, but we don't ensure everyone has access to it. We love our gadgets and modern conveniences, but lament the lost simplicity of a quieter, less hectic time.

How you respond to the vagaries of modern life is not always entirely within your control, of course — or at least, it can feel that way!

That's because you're not just dealing with your current set of experiences. You also carry the burden of all that your ancestors experienced, from political upheaval to rapid change to religious persecution and more. If you believe in reincarnation in a literal sense, this is because you are back on this Earth for anything from the first to the umpteenth time, and that means you have a lot of baggage to tote around with your soul! 

If you feel that it is a more metaphorical idea, we know that generational trauma is certainly measurable, and culture and epigenetics can carry it into the future. This is not a new concept after all — just as many Asian cultures embraced literal reincarnation, the Bible also notes that triumphs and tragedies often echo "unto the third and fourth generation."

Tell us what you carry with you from the past, and we'll figure out not just whether it's ancient or more recent, but also where it comes from! Let's get started!

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