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Sleep Paralysis by RevolverWinds Sleep Paralysis by RevolverWinds
Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon wherein a dreamer awakens temporarily unable to move or speak. The feeling of a maleficent presence accompanies the experience and "hallucinations" of baleful entities pressing their chest or bedside are common. It is believed that the phenomenon occurs with 20% to 60% of people, depending on the population inspected. Sleep paralysis is peculiar from night terrors as the subject is completely conscious during the event.

Despite it's sterile rationalization by the medical community, the mechanisms behind sleep paralysis remain largely unexplained. Folk traditions worldwide acknowledge sleep paralysis as having supernatural origins and refer to it under less clinical terminology:

* In African culture, isolated sleep paralysis is commonly referred to as "the witch riding your back.

* In Hmong culture, sleep paralysis describes an experience called "dab tsog" or "crushing demon.

* In Vietnamese culture, sleep paralysis is referred to as "ma đč", meaning "held down by a ghost" or "bóng đč", meaning "held down by a shadow".

* In Chinese culture, sleep paralysis is widely known as (pinyin: guǐ yā shēn) or (pinyin: guǐ yā chuáng), which literally translate into "ghost pressing on body" or "ghost pressing on bed."

* In Japanese culture, sleep paralysis is referred to as kanashibari literally "bound or fastened in metal," from kane "metal" and shibaru" to bind, to tie, to fasten").

* In Hungarian folk culture sleep paralysis is called "lidércnyomás" ("lidérc pressing") and can be attributed to a number of supernatural entities like "lidérc" (wraith), "boszorkány" (witch), "tündér" (fairy) or "ördögszerető" (demon lover).[24] The word "boszorkány" itself stems from the Turkish root "bas-", meaning "to press.

* In Iceland folk culture sleep paralysis is generally called having a "Mara". A goblin or a succubus.

Throughout my life I have experienced permutations of sleep paralysis hundreds of times, often multiple times a night.
The bizarre content of these episodes has often lead me to wonder on the nature of our world.
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leothefox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Artist
I think Fuseli must have invented this concept and cursed the human population with it :nod: Great work as always here, I enjoy the "un-glued" look on the left side.
Like a lot of the commenters here, I've also experienced sleep paralysis a few times, so it's great to see the information you have on it here :nod:
jojo22 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had them too.  Had a bit of experimentation with E when in London in the 90's - only had it a total of 5 times, but sleep paralysis started shortly thereafter and continued on and off for a couple of years after not taking anything.  Little was known about the side effects of E back then, but this has now come out as a common side effect.

Interestingly, I had nothing for well over a decade, but in the last year I've had three instances of it recurring.  This is despite leading a drug free life.
MoonDia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Artist
Hello, First thank you it is beautifully done. I suffer from narcolepsy/ cataplexy and have what I call split screen sometimes. I was recently diagnosed with systemic sclerosis and am now home-bound. My  real name is Monday. I am new to this sight. I hope this isn't a dumb question but I would rather ask because this piece really affected me. I wanted to ask If I could use this art and what you have written on a blog I am just learning how to do... I would of course provide your information with it so other people could find and experience your work. Thank you regardless, This is beautiful and interesting.
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Absolutely. Thank you for asking. Good luck with your blog.
Seawren Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This is really interesting and lovely.
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Aesthetically executed indeed.
bloodlily1 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get Sp n hypnogaja recurring, actually just had the worst episode ever earlier. Lol that's why I came her so thank u for ur wonderful drawing n info
RosaryOfSighsx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Your art has been featured!
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firetongue-luvz-cats Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i am terribly afraid of sleep paralysis. sooooo scared, yet sooooo interested. im starting to get over it tho. i recently had a day dream (my day dreams r about as vivid as my night ones) where i went into leep paralysis, but i kept calm, and i ended up laying there with a beautiful siamese cat. i love cats with 99.9 percent of my heart, and i want one more than anything in the world... but i cant have one b/c me bro is allergic... so now i am less scared, because i think that i might see a simese cat. what does sleep paralysis feel like? how realistic are the halucinations? im curious.
DimensionComics Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Can I use this piece as art to accompany a short story collection I'm selling as an e-book? There are three short stories, and the theme is sleep and dreams. I'll provide appropriate links.
Thank you for your consideration.
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