The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions / Edition 1

The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions / Edition 1

by David J. Hufford
     
 

ISBN-10: 081221305X

ISBN-13: 9780812213058

Pub. Date: 12/28/1982

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

David Hufford's work exploring the experiential basis for belief in the supernatural, focusing here on the so-called Old Hag experience, a psychologically disturbing event in which a victim claims to have encountered some form of malign entity while dreaming (or awake). Sufferers report feeling suffocated, held down by some "force," paralyzed, and extremely afraid.

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Overview

David Hufford's work exploring the experiential basis for belief in the supernatural, focusing here on the so-called Old Hag experience, a psychologically disturbing event in which a victim claims to have encountered some form of malign entity while dreaming (or awake). Sufferers report feeling suffocated, held down by some "force," paralyzed, and extremely afraid.

The experience is surprisingly common: the author estimates that approximately 15 percent of people undergo this event at some point in their lives. Various cultures have their own name for the phenomenon and have constructed their own mythology around it; the supernatural tenor of many Old Hag stories is unavoidable. Hufford, as a folklorist, is well-placed to investigate this puzzling occurrence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812213058
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1982
Series:
Publications of the American Folklore Society
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
394,230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

The Old Hag in Newfoundland
The Old Hag and the Cultural Source Hypothesis
The Phenomenology of the Old Hag
The Psychological Dis-Interpretation of the Old Hag
The Old Hag and Culture

Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index of Features
General Index

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