Even though it’s really just a trick of the mind, the idea of a stranger watching you in the middle of the night is definitely unsettling.It makes sense then that nearly every culture in history has had their own personification for sleep paralysis.The poem describes Phobetor as a shapeshifter who “forms the beasts and birds and long sliding snakes.” He is the son of Darkness, and is one of the most important figures of the Oneiroi.The Oneiroi are the pantheon of dream gods who live in Erebos, which was part of the Greek underworld.Since she’s a spider, the lodge is a spider web, and the morning dew reflects the morning sunlight, “capturing” it.
This strange phenomenon of sleep paralysis occurs when you wake up suddenly and are completely unable to move or speak.
It’s usually described as a tapir, sort of pig-shaped with a long snout.
In the realm of dream spirits, the Baku is a benevolent spirit who protects people from the terrors of bad dreams.
In Germanic folklore, a mara is an evil spirit that sits on your chest while you sleep, constricting your air supply and turning your dreams into nightmares.
It appears in some form or another in all the Germanic cultures, although the specific name and description change with each language.