Nocturnal Visits From Menacing And Evil Creatures

1150 Words Dec 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Nocturnal visits from menacing and evil creatures are found in recorded texts and various forms of art that date back for centuries. We find references of these incidents in almost every culture and religion. Many people have described their experiences as an attack by an evil entity, while paralyzed. Since the 1980’s, scientists have investigated the neurological, psychological, and cultural aspects of this phenomenon, known as sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a very scary experience, but due to science and medical explanations, the U.S. has concluded it to be a natural and harmless bodily reaction from waking up during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) (“Sleep Paralysis Symptoms, Treatment, and Causes”).Even though there are scientific explanations of sleep paralysis, many in Japanese society still believe that it is generated by poltergeist influences. Their interpretation of the events are that the spirit world and our world are connected when sleep paralysis occurs.Why do most of the Japanese interpret sleep paralysis as a paranormal experience and continue to reject any medical and scientific explanations of this phenomena? This paper will discuss how culture and religion established the foundation of the Japanese’s interpretation of sleep paralysis. Before exploring the Japanese’s view, it is important to outline the United States medical community’s understanding of sleep paralysis. The modern West tends to view sleep paralysis as a medical and science based…

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