The Boo Hag will enter the victim’s home through a small crack or crevice, then will make her way to the victim’s room and position herself over the sleeping victim, rendering them helpless and begin to suck their breath.
'Don't let de hag ride ya!'
Description: Skinless, so, red in its natural colour. They shroud themselves in human skin and use this cover until it starts to rot.
Legend has it that Boo Hags are similar to vampires. Instead of blood, they suck a humans breath, by riding the chest of their victim. There is a South Carolina term – ‘don't let de hag ride ya’. The hag will enter the victim’s home through a small crack or crevice. Then the hag will make her way to the victim’s room and position herself over the sleeping victim and begin to suck their breath. As the victim is pinned down they are rendered helpless, suffocating in their dream state, or nightmare state. If a victim struggles, instead of leaving them to regain energy, the Boo Hag will strip their skin and use it as her shroud.
The Boo Hag experience is very similar to Old Hag Syndrome. To ward off the Boo Hag it is said that a straw broom beside the bed will apparently distract her, as she can’t help but count the strands of straw.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014