20 – The Old Hag


Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and know how to drive us insane… slowly.

The Good People are blamed for very many things, some just, others unjust. So it is, the wise among us know to keep an open mind.

In this episode, Kitty lifts the lid on Sleep Paralysis, also known as, Old Hag Syndrome and asks:old hag3

If the condition of Sleep Paralysis can be explained by science why is it so many people witness the very same ‘Old Hag’?

Why does she attack in similar ways?

How do we explain the condition when a second person witnesses the attack?

Why is it so common to be ‘Hag Rode’ in Newfoundland?

old hag4To get to the bottom of the mystery, we look at several first-hand encounters as well as witness accounts and ponder why the Old Hag targets particular people to attack while they sleep.

Have they offended the Good People in some way?

Do Old Hags attach themselves to families, following members of the family wherever they go and attacking for no other apparent reason?

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, Visit Kitty at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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‘The Hag’ Poem. Written by Robert Herrick (1591-1674). Read by Simon.

‘Away with the Fairies’ Poem. Written by Douglas McClarty. Read by Simon.

Celtic Life Magazine. June 2019 edition: https://celticlife.com/

Michael Fortune: http://www.facebook.com/folklore.ie/

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.

Additional Music: ‘Old Hag’ performed by The Corrs. From the album ‘Home’, 2005.

‘Deep Horrors’ by Kevin McCloud.

‘Darkest Child’ by Kevin McCloud.


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