When I read Why didn't Qui-Gon Jin's body "vanish" after his death? I wondered about one thing:

  • He died and his body did NOT disappear
  • The skill for becoming one with the Force was lost for a long time (Legends and at least to some extent also Disney canon as the skill was unknown to both Jedi and Sith seemingly)
  • If someone dies without having this skill he merges with the Force and his personality is lost,.... (as the skill saves the personality of theirs)

So as Qui-Gon died without having the skill and no one was able to teach him like it was with Anakin, is there any explanation on HOW he was able to acquire it and save his personality?

(primarily looking for canon answers)

  • I reckon this is somehow explained in Clone Wars series 6. Mar 29, 2015 at 9:51
  • Not as far as I'm aware that is why I ask (Only explained there how Yoda got the skill not how Qui gon got it as far as I know)
    – Thomas
    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:41
  • Darth Vader and Yoda's bodies didn't vanish either. Only Obiwans. "Plot Inconsistencies are strong in this one"
    – Oldcat
    Mar 30, 2015 at 20:33
  • Are you sure? Yodas body did vanish in the original version as far as I remember star wars 6 back from when it ran in cinema! And as for Vader: We dont see what happens with his body only with his armor (which is dark side infused anyway)
    – Thomas
    Mar 31, 2015 at 5:59
  • In ROTJ, Yoda's body did disappear upon his death: youtube.com/watch?v=id-9qT8bEL8 (at the 5:37 mark) Apr 3, 2015 at 2:06

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I don't think there is much on it, but it looks like Qui-Gon learned the skill from the Ancient Order of the Whills from the Episode III Script.

"The secret of the Ancient Order of the Whills, he studied." - Yoda

So there is some reference to Qui-Gon possessing the skill prior to becoming one with the Force, or known as becoming a "Force Ghost".

Some Additional Information on the Ancient Order of the Whills

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    Could you support your answer with quotes or any other canon material? Mar 31, 2015 at 22:08
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    Added the quote from the script, but other than that I have no more material on it, sorry =(
    – MAF
    Mar 31, 2015 at 22:26
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    Thanks! also in the question you linked to there is an indication why qui gon was leaving his body behind (he had the training but was not fully ready).
    – Thomas
    Apr 1, 2015 at 7:15

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