hag phenomenon

hag phenomenon

[From an early sense of hag, evil female spirit]
In people who experience sleep paralysis, the frightening hallucination that one is being held in place by a malevolent or demonic force. Such sleep paralysis appears in many cultures and was attributed to evil spirits. It was originally called “nightmare” in English.
Synonym: ghost oppression; kanashibari
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The Old Hag phenomenon occurs both to males and females and seems to span all age ranges.