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A culture-bound syndrome restricted mainly to Eskimo communities of North America and Greenland, characterized by a sensation of a peculiar sound or smell, followed by sudden paralysis accompanied by anxiety, psychomotor agitation, or hallucinations, usually lasting only minutes and attributed to soul loss or spirit possession. It is sometimes interpreted as a type of dissociative disorder. [Inuit]

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