reply to post by 1MrMarc
sorry, i have only the german version translated by google:
The word is alf of the Anglo-Saxon and Low German, derived eleven, so says the mythical elves originally the Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse tradition.
Under the name of Alb in folk beliefs have very different ideas together, which are reflected in the variety of regional names.
From the first friendly form developed early the idea of an insidious, oppressive system, which is known under different names in different
landscapes: in Hesse, Franconia, Thuringia, Saxony as hills, to the Upper German (Bavarian-Austrian) than turkeys, Drude, in Switzerland or Toggell
Doggles, as in Lower Germany Mahr, in the Swabian and Alemannic region as Schrättele, Schratt (as well Swabian Druckerle) and in East Friesland and
Oldenburg space as Walrider, Walriderske.
The Alb is a nocturnal spirit pressure that produces the so-called albtraum (nightmare). He lies down on the sleeper's chest and pushes him almost to
suffocation. It is often experienced erotic dreams, which lead to the identification of Alb as a female demon (witch Drude). The shape of the pressure
Spirit is in no way clear-cut. He / she may appear as an object (white feather), as an animal (cat) or in human form (beautiful girl). Especially the
transformation ability is characteristic of the Jura.
Besides the idea that a man must be transformed because of predisposition to a certain fateful Alb, there is a belief in the Alps as a soul in animal
form (Albmaus), which leave the body in order to push one another. It may also be a revenant, the press must, while in Eastern Europe, the Alps may
appear in the form of the vampire who sucks at the breasts of children, men and women.
The erotic component of the nightmare is significant. Already in Vintler "Plueme the Tugent" it means that the Alb minnt people. In most cases it is
the opposite sex encounters, ie, women are from a male, men (and mostly young) are haunted by a female Alb, which appears as a naked young girl.
Often, the speech of tongue kissing, and the (female) Alb pushes a guy until one ejaculation occurs.
Freudian psychoanalysis explains the nightmare as "on a heavy psychological conflict" based, "which focuses on a repressed psychosexual component of
the instinctual life forms". Other rational explanations see nightmares by excessive exposure of the stomach caused, and modern medicine sees the
erotic side of their print this fear, especially by shortness of breath (angina pectoris) caused.
How did the idea Alb-possession in the course of its development from ancient to modern times many motives, so also show the defensive measures
against the Jura and the nightmare their origin from different cultural backgrounds. They range from magical repellents on Christian benedictions to
rational actions. Widespread is the use of the magic pentacle or Schrattengatterls the past which is not the Alps. As a defensive spell in the
sleeping places a mirror on the chest or reverts to your shoes upside down on the bed, as the Alb is forced to follow in the footsteps of his victim.
Christian repellents are prayers (Albsegen), holy water, relics, crosses (Drudenmesser), etc. Finally, you can prevent the coming of Albs through
practical means, by closing the keyhole, or in bed around turns, because the nightmare is usually seen in the supine position . Rationalist is already
on fire, the recommendation to light because of the brightness shuns Alb.
Since the pressure is usually a ghost shape transformation is, there is the possibility to reconvert him through various practices in its true form
and make it visible. It clogs the hole through which he has entered the room, then he must show up at sunrise in his figure-a detained straw, a
feather, then a girl. Or you hurt the animal-shaped Alb, and the next day seems a neighbor or the neighbor with similar injuries.
In some cases, you can redeem albende person by name when they call you or leaves another victim (horse, tree) to press.
Undoubtedly it is in the Alb-show at a relatively general phenomenon, which is already the indigenous people and was known in antiquity. Since the
anthropological preconditions of this physical phenomenon are largely comparable, one can speak of a polygenetic origin of this idea on a certain
level of cultural development.
how to get better dreams ? well i am no expert, but there some out there, this would go into the esotheric direction.
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