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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   General 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
Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
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firetongue-luvz-cats Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student 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.
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Certainly, so long as I'm credited and you can source the prementioned links. Thank you for asking. Best luck.
DimensionComics Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Hi, sorry for the late reply. Thanks! I'll credit you any way you like. Do you have any preference?
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Just reference my name under John Clowder.
SpicyChinesePenguins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012

Beautiful and powerful
ThunderBearStudios Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Do not wonder firend; know!
joshua-andrews Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
More specifically, the sophistication of your collages remind me of his
joshua-andrews Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your collages remind me o Max Ernst graphic Novel, Une Semaine de Bonte'. They are very good
astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy cool...I love it. :)
FurorArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Feature time [link]
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
A bear hug of thanks for the feature.
FurorArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Our pleasure!!
Halting-Phenomenon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This happens to me all the time! It freaks me out...
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The self-realization, by our minds, that we are only just a puppet to the whims of our bodies is a truly visceral and terrifying experience. Even after having experienced this several times, my heart will be racing after the event. I like your concept here with the ghostly hands, lurking malevolently; however I don't feel that you've captured the terror of the experience completely. This is largely due to the expression on the woman's face. She appears too peaceful. Helplessly, staring eyes, or some kind of expression of distress would better convey the essence of the experience better.

I like the positioning of the hand at her shoulder pinning her arm down. Something in the combination of her straight armed pose and the hand's positioning seems to evoke the sense of restraint. Also the curled tail of the hand helps to crowd the arm, restricting the space available for movement. I would have liked to have seen more contact by the other hands with either the girl's head or arm to really underline the helplessness of the feeling.
Morbido13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I Just Love This !
lifeisboring9 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've experienced this more than 10 times already, but didn't know what is it really till yesterday by a coincidence, it's really terrifying : \ . but after i know what is it actually, it won't be that scary anymore. :D
daisiesandwhatnot Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
This is really cool. The background information is interesting. My name is Mara so it's weird that I have the same name as some of these creatures from myths, but it's cool to learn about. Wonderful art!
EnglishModule Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing. I love this. Thank you for sharing and such.
Frenchie-Fries Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had this once a few years ago & It felt so unbearable , I wanted to scream & move when i couldn't. My older sister was having a coffee on the sofa/couch beside me. I freaked out.
Sistheo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
when the demon responsible attempts sodomy its even worse cuz the 'lock' is KNOWN as evil - shucks, it is a pity millions of 'locked' individuals don't comprehend Satan's existence
segura2112 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool piece, I had no idea it was worldwide. Thank You
Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddington
elpupil-demedusa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Artist
thank's for all the information. i have this happening to me all the time since I was a kid. recently just by taking "melatonin" intensifies the experience. to me it makes me see things from the future. I did not even knew this realy happened to other people until now that I came into your art and writings, now I don't feel like I am crazy any more, thanks again my friend for posting this, my mind feel better now......more relaxed and clear................. ;p
Cakewalkk Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
This happened to me once also but it felt as if giant metallic spikes were pressing upon my legs rather than my back. IT WAS SO SCARY!! :fear:
Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That happens to me EVERY REAKING NIGHT!
Is really annoying an a horrible experience
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This is awesome! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
Xumari Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, I know that. It is a horrible experience.
Lilitjya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I experienced this twice, and it's kinda scary because I was alone in the house the first time it happened, and on the second time, everyone in the house was asleep.

I was feeling sleepy this afternoon but after reading about this, I guess I won't be taking a nap for a while. *A*
Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twice? Imagine that happened to you every freaking night to the point you already expecting it. And believe me when I say that I'm still not use to it.
skyfireJax Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Interesting research and a good picture. Glad I'm not the only one, thank you !
Orange41 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
sorry for the tangent but...
many fear what they do not understand in the heat of the moment.
even the brave can be scared in that moment.
i feared what i did not understand after my first occurrence at 17 years old..
6 sequential months every other night/ morning of events i don't care to elaborate (not to be sensational, but the paralysis while awake part is but a part of the experience for some unfortunate people).
it wasn't until later that i replaced fear with patience towards what i did not understand
bizarre is good adjective, but underwhelming.
i believe medical explanation for HOW it happens physiologically, but there is no WHY in the diagnosis.
is it so farfetched that the 'terror' one 'feels' is due to the causation of some unseen hand? no
is it easy to presume all sorts of explanations? yes
if you go through this, be calm, patient, & share with someone worthy of trust about your experience.
lunavagrant Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
oh, stunning interpretation, great composition.
and good research as well, some of those folkloric interpretations i didn´t knew.
i have heard a different term on my family´s lore though (yes, i have these occurances, as much as i can remember). the therm i heard was either "being found by the black hands" and "being strangled by the shadow hands" i don´t know the origin though, haven´t found this exact definition anywhere outside my family.
veeronic Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I think I might have had this happen once
hateandloveattack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
i forget where this is from but its also called 'the haze' where evil jealous spirits come and torment you in the form of your worst fear.... idk where its from....
ZIM402 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
do you twitch before you sleep?
that is your brain shutting off your body movements
*else you would act out your dreams all over the place haha
sleep paralysis = body wakes up before the brain switched on the body again
know that it will pass and focus on breathing
it is common
you are not alone : )
Gothic-reflection Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
In Arabic culture it is known as Yathoum or Jathoum which is a type of Jinn, I honestly don't think it's just sleep paralysis
colorwonders Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had that once, it wasn't terrifying, just weird.
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really excellent!! It's imaginative, well executed and the colors all fit together to accentuate the hands grabbing her. Great work!!
ashmine12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know how you feel. I have chronic sleep paralysis. "Experts" say that good sleeping habits and other things can get rid of sleep paralysis. They are wrong. It all depends on the person. Anyways, I like how the collage depicts this mysterious condition.
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on DD :clap:
Wrenzephyr2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I had sleep paralysis once and recognized it for what it was...
It was like I was trapped in my own body, a weird limbo of conciousness... Especially when I could see my room around me almost 360 but couldn't interact with anything...
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