Photo 11 Jul 859 notes The original definition of the disorder sleep paralysis was codified as a nightmare by Samuel Johnson in his book “A Dictionary of the English Language”. Sleep paralysis was widely considered to be the work of demons, and more specifically an incubus, which was thought to sit on the chests of sleepers. In Old English the name for this being was mare or mære (from a proto-Germanic *marōn, cf. Old Norse mara), hence comes the mare part in nightmare.

The original definition of the disorder sleep paralysis was codified as a nightmare by Samuel Johnson in his book “A Dictionary of the English Language”. Sleep paralysis was widely considered to be the work of demons, and more specifically an incubus, which was thought to sit on the chests of sleepers. In Old English the name for this being was mare or mære (from a proto-Germanic *marōn, cf. Old Norse mara), hence comes the mare part in nightmare.

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    It appears to be one of many variations of Henry Fuseli’s, "The Nightmare". I can’t say I’ve seen this one in particular...
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    That’s all good and well, but who painted this?
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