かなしばり【金縛り】

1. the state of being totally bound
2. golden handcuffs
3. sleep paralysis
4. spell of binding


1. the state of being totally bound

■ From the words (metal) and 縛る (to bind), 金縛り means to be totally bound or bound hand and foot.


2. golden handcuffs

■ This meaning refers to using money as a means to hold somebody.


3. sleep paralysis

■ This is the most common use of this word, and the medical term is 睡眠麻痺. Sleep paralysis refers to a common phenomenon where the subject is unable to move during sleep. Not discussed much in many countries, in Japan it is commonly believed to be caused by spirits.

A variety of symptoms may occur during 金縛り along with the inability to move. Often there is a feeling of horror with the inability to scream, the feeling that someone/something is coming to kill the experiencer, or the repeated experience of waking up from 金縛り and be relieved, only to fall back asleep and experience it once again.

◇ The exact cause of 金縛り is unknown, though many explanations do exist.

At もう金縛りなんて怖くない!金縛り克服法, see a REM sleep explanation along with methods to defeat sleep paralysis.

See Sleep Paralysis Page for information in English on sleep paralysis, related hypnagogic/hypnopompic phenomena, and information on Incubus.


4. spell of binding

不動金縛りの法: a spell cast by 不動明王 (アチャラナータ or Acalanatha), rendering bad people incapable of movement. This also refers to the spell cast using Acalantha's power to render your enemy incapable of movement.

雑学 See 不動明王 for more information on Acalanatha.
See マントラ for a fantasy application of the 不動金縛りの法.


This entry was created by Benjamin Barrett.


Created 2002-04-14.


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