The old hag phenomenon as sleep paralysis: A biocultural interpretation

@article{Ness1978TheOH,
  title={The old hag phenomenon as sleep paralysis: A biocultural interpretation},
  author={R. Ness},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  year={1978},
  volume={2},
  pages={15-39}
}
  • R. Ness
  • Published 1978
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
This paper describes a syndrome of psychological and physical symptoms involving body paralysis and hallucinations traditionally interpreted in Newfoundland as an attack of ‘Old Hag’. Folk theories of cause and treatment are outlined based on 13 months of field research in a community on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Data derived from the responses of 69 adults to the Cornell Medical Index (CMI) indicate that there are no significant differences in psychological or physical illness… Expand
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