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Near-death experiences among survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake


We interviewed 81 survivors of the severe earthquake in Tangshan in 1976 and found that 32 (40 percent) reported near-death experiences (NDEs) as measured by Greyson's (1983) NDE Scale. The great majority of these NDEs were of the cognitive and transcendental types, and our observations were somewhat different from those of Greyson (1985) in the United States and of Pasricha and Stevenson (1986) in India. These differences suggest that the components, sequences, and types of NDE might differ with race, religion, psychological and cultural background, and kind of near-death event.

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Zhi-ying, F., Jian-xun, L. Near-death experiences among survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. J Near-Death Stud 11, 39–48 (1992).

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  • Great Majority
  • Cultural Background
  • Tangshan Earthquake
  • Severe Earthquake
  • Transcendental Type