11.6: Night-mares and other nocturnal terrors

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A visit from the mare is, by all accounts, terrifying. Shortly after falling asleep, you’re suddenly stirred awake again except that your body is paralyzed. You can’t move. You feel an evil presence approaching your bedside, crawling up beside you, and sitting down on your chest, crushing the breath out of your lungs. Encounters with the mare cross continents and time periods making them a fairly uniform intercultural experience. In this episode, we trace beliefs across cultures and uncover true stories of people who believe they’ve encountered a demon in the night.