Latah from Southeast Asia is a condition in which a person experiences a shock which results in abnormal behaviors. When surprised, the affected person typically engages in such behaviors as screaming, cursing, dancing type movements and uncontrollable laughter.
Persons with Latah mimic movements of those similar to the behavior that a child would during certain developmental stages.
Similar conditions have been recorded within other cultures and locations, such as, the so-called Jumping Frenchmen of Maine, women of the Ainu people of Japan (imu), Siberian (miryachit), Filipino and Thai peoples; however, the connection among these syndromes has been controversial.
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