A mare of a dream

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Ghosts, Paranormal, Unusual Findings, Vampires
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A nightmare is a creature that rides on the chest of the victim while they sleep. The legend seems to be as old as the 13th century if not older. It is likely to have been born thanks to the sleep paralysis which people can experience.  Sleep Paralysis has been attributed to accounts for many things, such as incubus or succubus attacks or even ghostly attacks.

The mare was also blamed for horses who were found sweating in their stalls the next morning, seemingly the mare would hitch a ride on the horses back and that’s why they were found that way.  Some folklorists also suggest that they may well have been witches that took the shapes of various animals such as frogs, cats, horses, dogs and others. It is also said a dead “mora” will return as a ghost.

They are known as Moroi in Russia and they are either attributed to being a vampire or ghost. The Moroi is a ghost that leaves it’s grave and seeks out the energy of the living, however some are associated with the strigoi who are immortal vampires. It is believed that the Moroi might be the offspring of two strigoi parents. It may also however signify the death of an unbaptised child depending on the belief.

Germany has charms against such things and here is the one I found listed on Wikipedia.

  I lay me here to sleep;
   No night-mare shall plague me,
   Until they swim all the waters
   That flow upon the earth,
   And count all the stars
   That appear in the sky!
   Thus help me God Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen!
   Original German:
   Hier leg' ich mich schlafen,
   Keine Nachtmahr soll mich plagen,
   Bis sie schwemmen alle Wasser,
   Die auf Erden fließen,
   Und tellet alle Sterne,
   Die am Firmament erscheinen!
   Dazu helfe mir Gott Vater, Sohn und heiliger Geist. Amen!
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Comments
  1. Pleasantly cryptic and interesting.

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