Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Mythical Creatures

(Pre-Islamic Arabic - Jinn, Djini, Djinni.)
Literally means one who has ability of concielment, seclusion or invisibility. 

  • Our English word for Djinn (Genie) comes from the french word that meant spirit, taken from the latin word Genius. A word for any tutor or guardian spirit.
  • For ancient Semites, Jinn were vanished spirits of ancient people who came at night and disappeared with the dawn.
  • Thought they could make themselves invisible or change into animals.
  • Type of Jinn include the ghul (Nightshade that can change shape), Sila  (unable to change thier shape) and the Ifrit.
  • Believed to be the spirits of fire.
  • Jinn live thier lives like humans, they eat, sleep, marry and die.  They are both good and evil.
  • In Myths, said to be controlled by binding them to objects.

Djinn In Books

Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine  - Djinn are widely prominent and used alot.
Declare by Tim Powers - Deals wiith Djinn in a cold war espionage community way.
Children of the Lamp Series by P. B. Kerr - The main characters find out they are part of a Djinn tribe.
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones - there is a pair of djinn and one in a bottle.


  1. Dead Trees and Silver Screens said...
    Those drawings are beautiful! Great post.
    Two Bibliomaniacs said...
    Thanks for stopping by today! This is a really interesting post. I don't think I've ever come across a Djinn in my reading... Very interesting.

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