Can We Guess What Ancient Language You Spoke in Another Life?

By: Emily Maggrett
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Can We Guess What Ancient Language You Spoke in Another Life?
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About This Quiz

Do you think this is your first time on Earth, or do you believe in reincarnation? If so, you're not alone. The Greek philosopher Plato believed in past lives, and reincarnation is a major precept of religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Even more surprisingly, 25% of U.S. Christians believe in reincarnation, according to America Magazine.

But how can you figure out who you were in a past life? One method is to visit a psychic who specializes in past life regression. Another technique is to let your intuition guide you. What kind of landscapes or objects are you drawn to in the present day? Do you ever feel déjà vu when looking at photos of the past? Have certain skills come suspiciously easily for you?

If you want to investigate your past lives, but aren't sure where to start, this quiz can help. We've prepared a series of personality questions for you that are related to ancient languages. Through answering them carefully, you'll allow us to diagnose which bygone culture you may have experienced firsthand. The truth is, you can learn a lot about who you are by finding out more about who you used to be. So what are you waiting for? Let's get quizzing!

The Mongol Empire Which ancient civilization would you love to watch a TV show about?
The Roman Empire
The Axumite Kingdom
The Mayans
The Mongol Empire

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Woman wearing medieval dress in cathedral Do you feel that you belong in your own time or in a different one?
I feel like I definitely belong in this time.
I would love to live in the Age of Antiquity when the pyramids were still being built.
I'm comfortable in this era, but I sometimes wish I lived early in the 20th century, before digital technology made people so unsociable.
This era has too many rules. I'd rather live in the 16th century.

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National flag Badge Which of these countries is on your "must-visit" list?
Belgium or Switzerland
Sudan or Morocco
Guatemala or Venezuela
Russia or Mongolia
None of these

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Children outdoors blowing bubbles Are you more of a city kid or a country kid?
I'm from the suburbs, but I wish I were from the city.
City kid, born and bred
Honestly, I could live anywhere, as long as I had my family and friends nearby.
Country kid for life!

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Riding horse carriage In a world without cars, how would you get around?
On a horse, of course
I'd try to live in a city so I could walk everywhere.
I'd ride a bike.
Skateboarding, sailing or roller-blading

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Ancient astronomer Which of these ancient jobs sounds the most satisfying to you?
Warrior
Scholar
Emissary
Shaman

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Student reading book in library How do you learn best?
Via image-based instructions
Through written instructions
Through spoken instructions
By doing things on my own

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Dish of Fava Beans Do you enjoy any of these ancient foods?
Venison
Fava beans
Succotash
Rye bread

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Palmyra, Syris Which ancient menace scares you the most?
Religions that promote human sacrifice
Famines
Plagues
Widespread disregard for human rights

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Generating growth by joining forces In your opinion, what kind of social structures are necessary for humans to thrive?
All workers in a society need unions, in order to prevent business owners from exploiting them.
In my opinion, the more complex a society is, the more social structures are needed. It's a never-ending process.
Every society needs a few basic safety nets, so that its most vulnerable members don't starve to death or die of preventable diseases.
Aside from providing a system of roads and an electricity grid, I think the government shouldn't interfere much with society.

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The Triumph of Aemilius Paulus Do you think war is ever justified?
Yes. Empires grow through conquests.
No, not usually. I think countries should impose economic sanctions instead.
No, never.
Yes, but only if another nation is threatening to harm yours.

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Traveling on Camels Would you consider going on any of these frightening expeditions?
Hiking through the Alps
Riding a camel across Morocco
Canoeing up the Mississippi
Skiing in the Altai Mountains

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Family Do you believe that families should stick together?
Children should take care of parents in their old age, but that's it.
It depends on the family!
Family is everything.
Yes, in general, I do.

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Chief Sequoyah Of the following historical figures, which one do you admire the most?
Ragnar Lodbrok
Kofi Annan
Chief Sequoyah
Catherine the Great

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Jordan Petra Seven modern wonders of the world In your opinion, what is the most intriguing lost civilization?
Terra Preta, the lost City of Gold in South America
The Nabateans, founders of an ancient stone city in Jordan
The creators of the Easter Island statues
The people of Cahokia, an ancient city in Mississippi

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Thermometer Against a Bright Blue Sky Can you cope with warm weather?
I prefer cool weather — not too hot, not too cold.
I can handle dry heat easily, but I don't enjoy humidity.
All kinds of weather are fine with me.
No. I loathe it.

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Two Friends Looking Over Pictures On Smartphone In Cafe Together When your friends show you their vacation photos, which images give you FOMO?
Majestic views
Fascinating cultural experiences
Wild nights filled with new friends
Anything that involves lying in a hammock

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Napoleon in burning Moscow In your opinion, is it ever acceptable for one culture to conquer another?
If a culture is harmful (racist or sexist), it's okay for another culture to conquer them for their own good.
It's not acceptable today, but I understand why people did it in the past.
It was wrong in the past, and it's wrong now.
It's human nature for cultures to try to conquer each other, but people have to learn to overcome that.

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Pocahontas and her father sitting with Captain John Smith Which culture's mythology do you love to hear stories from?
I like Irish fairy stories.
As a kid, I loved the Anansi stories.
American folktales are my jam.
Eerie Russian folklore sends a tingle down my spine!

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Voting How would you describe your political stance?
Conservative
Progressive
Extremely progressive
Libertarian

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Mobile cloud over man head Which form of modern technology makes you the most uncomfortable?
Social media
Email
Shoes
The telephone

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Camping Does the idea of living alone in the wilderness thrill or terrify you?
Living alone in the wilderness would be fun for a month, but after that, I'd like some companionship.
I find that idea frightening.
I'm not terrified of living in the wilderness, but it doesn't sound that fun to me either.
That's my dream.

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Woman talking on phone Which languages do you currently speak?
Just English
English and Amharic
English, French and an Algonquian language
English and Russian or Chinese

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Easter Island Statues Rano Raraku Moais Rapa Nui Do you identify with any particular type of ancient culture?
The Vikings committed many evils acts, but their drive for exploration is very relatable to me.
I'm drawn to sophisticated ancient cultures.
The strong extended families of some ancient cultures appeal to me.
I would have loved to have been a nomad.

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Man listening to music What kind of music do you listen to?
Whatever's on the radio
Jazz or synth-pop
Rock or country
Classical

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The Great Wall of China In your opinion, the best civilizations understand that ... ?
Life is boring without some thrills and chills.
The secret to happiness is excellent food.
Relationships matter more than possessions.
Every individual in a society deserves their freedom.

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Evil and Angel Eggs How would you describe your moral alignment?
Chaotic evil
Lawful good
Chaotic good
True neutral

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Woman with digital tablet in a car If you had to give up one major amenity of modern civilization, which one would you pick?
Cars
Airplanes
Television and movies
Computers

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Young man pushing his bicycle through the city How do you dress on your days off?
In athletic gear
In elegant loose pants, tailored jackets and T-shirts
In a hoodie and jeans
In sweatpants, of course

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Hiker on mountains What kind of landscapes trigger a strange feeling of recognition in you?
Rolling green hills
Sand dunes
Shady forests
Vast, open plains

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