Want to rub the magic lamp? Pop the cork on the genie’s bottle? Your wish is my command. *Blink* Five words you’d like to hear? But how many times have you heard, be careful what you wish for? It’s true. When we wish for something we often forget to consider the full consequences. This is the loophole djinn (the genie) look for when dealing with the one controlling their wishes.
When Immortal Monday took on the request to look closer at the djinn, I believe it was wistful wonder and eye candy that was the intended target. We’ll do our best to deliver. But traditionally, djinn have not been an extremely friendly species, so what we see here may not be pretty.
In the western world djinn are often referred to as genies (jinn, jinni, genie, and djinn). This may be a term you are more familiar with. Today, when you hear that word, you may think of the big blue guy from the famous Disney movie, Aladdin. Or possibly Barbara Eden’s rendition in I Dream Of Jeannie. Glimpses at sexy or cute djinn are rare. Media hasn’t grabbed hold of them and run with the idea like they have vampires and werewolves – at least, not yet. You’re more likely to come across one by picking up a steamy romance. Although, occasionally one will pop up in the paranormal world of television in shows such as Charmed.
The blue guy was cute and fun, but an unlikely representative of the djinn as a whole. They may vary in look to some degree, but I can tell you that both male and female, alike, take on a human form with the ability to transform into an animal. When they submit themselves to their weaker animal forms they’re vulnerable and can be killed. They’re not immortal.
Finding their origins in Muslim teachings, the djinn, thought of as spirits, are believed to have gotten their beginning in the smokeless fire as the same time man came into being. The first djinn, refusing to rejoice and bow to Adam, was doomed to walk a dark and desolate path from that day forth. Invisible to man, except when they chose otherwise, they coexist in a parallel universe. Rather appropriate since the Arabic root of the word jinn means “hidden.”
It’s an old Muslim belief that everyone born is assigned a djinn at birth, one who whispers in your ear for the rest of your days, trying to tempt you into evil doings. Like the devil on your shoulder.
Djinn are not self-serving demons with sites only for the evil side of things. On the contrary, they are very prone to strong emotions of lust, revenge, anger, sadness, etc. Could love fit in there? It’s up to the djinn if they’ll be evil, good or benevolent. Just like they can choose their own course in worship. They’re spirits of free will.
So, where do the wishes come in? Great question. The theory is that over time magicians trapped some of the most powerful djinn to objects, such as the traditional genie’s lamp, in order to contain them and limit their destruction. For the release from their entrapment the genie, or djinni, is said to grant the holder of the lamp three wishes. It is also said that the great King Solomon entrapped misbehaving djinn in lead-stopper bottles before throwing them out to sea.
Now you can see where you may want to proceed with caution the next time you find a genie or djinn trapped in a lamp or bottle. They were put there for a reason – a not-so-nice one. They will trick you the first chance they get. They live to turn things around on the humans. They do not consider you their kindred or friends.
What do you think – with the explosion of vampires and werewolves, will the djinn soon be making a splash on the scene? With their manipulative ways, would you still want to chance dealing with one to get your three wishes?
* Djinn is the plural form (many), whereas Djinni is singular, meaning one.
Alright… I promised to try and bring on some eye candy. When looking for the djinn a few faces popped up. Tell me ladies (and men), which would you prefer to materialize out of your lamp?
And for those of a different persuasion…