The state into which a Yezidi falls if forcibly dragged out of a Yezidi circle. Catalepsy is characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body.

The etymology is late 14c., cathalempsia, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalepsis “a seizure, a seizing upon, a taking possession,” from kataleptos “seized,” from katalambanein “to seize upon,” from kata “down” + lambanein “to take”.