Mara has been known as the Goddess of death as well as a demon of death. In Hinduism, Mara is the goddess of death and offerings would be placed at her altar.
Folklore, she is depicted as a demon that torments people while they are sleeping. It was told that she would sit on the victim’s chest or stomach, causing terrifying visions. Sometimes she has also been referred to as the
old hag or night hag. Individuals would claim that they would wake up, and she would be on their body, they would not be able to move their body until she leaves them. The individual would claim that they felt the presence of something malevolent, causing them a great deal of fear.
For a while, this was known by medical personal as a
nightmare; many other cultures have a different name. Modern times we have called this sleep paralysis.
For the longest time, individuals believed sleep paralysis was the work of demons and, more specifically, incubi. You could live somewhere in Asia, Europe, Northern America; there are references to a supernatural being that is malevolent, causing harm.
Is the death goddess/ demon real or is it just sleep paralysis
First, let’s look at what sleep paralysis: Individuals that have episodes of sleep paralysis usually have one of the following experiences their intruder, seeing a shadow to seeing the doorknob moving. Incubus, feelings of pressure on the chest, the individual may believe they are about to die. Vestibular–motor, A sense of spinning, falling, floating, flying, hovering over one’s body or another type of out-of-body experience. Usually, sleep paralysis is brief and, for some very frighting. Sleep paralysis is widespread, so much so that 1 out of 10 individuals will have an episode. This is usually brought on by stress, jet lag, lack of sleep, and a panic disorder. In rare cases, individuals my have an underline health issue.
Like I said before, there have been stories of Mara or a supernatural being that is similar to Mara. To this day, I have yet to come across any evidence which would back up such a demon. I will never discredit individuals that believe an entity of malas nature attacked them.
Science has come a long way and has answered many questions we have. Though science can not explain everything, when it comes to the paranormal, you others believe, or you do not!