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Djinn
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Djin are the indigenous spirits of the middle east and north africa. They have a hierarchical societies that parallel humans, so they each have separate opinions about humans, the tradition offering for a djinn is pouring oil over flour, alcoholic beverages, candles and incense especially benzoin, because they have a code of honor, even the most malevolent djin will honor a promise or a vow.

They are known to inhabit, ruins, cemeteries, and the crossroads, blood also appeals to them so they may be found in slaughter houses, they hate salt, iron and steel, so keep these away from them, they do not like noisy or crowded places, although they will venture out to observe or even participate in fairs, markets and festivals.

Djinn enjoy stories and can be pacified or lured by telling exciting, suspenseful tales, they will hover quietly in corners and listen, Djinn who are rudely awakened tend to reflexively strike out, they will cause illness, stroke, or paralysis, so do not throw anything in their area with out warning.

Source
Encyclopedia of spirits Judika Illes
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 2
Thank you for posting this! I now know more about djinn's!

Sincerely,
Scrupulous
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 3
You know, She wrote a wonderful piece in her book The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells about djinn. Just thought i should put that out there.

Sincerely,
Scrupulous
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 4
Thanks for the wonderfully informative post Mentis :)

xx Angel
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 5
Can any one tell me or Explain why the DJIN are only really related in Muslim countrys and Eastern Traditions???
are they Different to other spirits in the spirit world???
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 6
JAN7 Each culture has its own spirits, the Djinn developed out of the Middle East, just as the Loa developed from Africa, Chthonic spirits in Greece, Dragon Queens on the seas surrounding Asia, and Draugr in Scandinavia.

Each family of spirits visiting the people in the form that the people would understand, in a way their minds could fathom, these spirits then taught people how to communicate with them. I dont know if it was the spirit who gave them the name to call them or if it was the humans who gave the spirits a name.
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 7
I Just though i should add this article too, in case anybody needed more information.

Djinn:

These spirits of Arabia and North Africa preceded Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, although they have since traveled the world with Islam, and are found wherever Islam has been established. The word may be unfamiliar but it shouldn't be: these are the legendary genies. The word "djinn," also spelled "jinn," derives from old Arabic and is thought to mean "covert" or "darkness,"

In one legend, djinn are created before people to act as intermediaries between angels and people. In another, Adam and Eve actually had thirty children, not just the sons named in the Bible. One day God asked to see all of them. Eve, not trusting God, hedged her bets, by bringing out only fifteen of her children. (In some versions, she hides the fifteen most beautiful children.) Of course God, being God, immediately knows all and announces that the fifteen hidden children must now remain hidden in the shadows forever, while the fifteen brought out for display may live in the light. The visible children become ancestors of human beings; the hidden children become djinn and other spirits.

Some djinn are benevolen and helpful to people, others are consistently temperamental, treacherous, jealous and malevolent - the proverbial evil spirits. Many djinn may actually be pagan divinities brought down in the world. There is some conjecture that the most famous, the beautiful, seductive yet dangerous Aisha Qandisha may actually be Astarte left without a temple and forced to hang around deserted hot springs.

Although the djinn are little known at present in the West, this was not always the case. In the 1950's, before the occult entered the mainstream, they were discussed int he most important magical texts and spell-books. To some extent their current lack of attention corresponds with the rise in popularity of the orisha. The orisha are not covert spirits. Even when devotion to them was forbidden, they found ways around prohibitions through the use of identification/syn-cretization. The orisha and information about them are easily accesible. Many books are available. Practitioners openly proclaim their devotion. Orisha are willing to work with whoever petitions them with respect. There is a harmonious, mutually beneficial relationship between orisha and human devotees.

Unfortunately, this is not so with the djinn, who can be as ambivalent towards people as people frequently are towards them. Unlike the gregarious orish, djinn tend to be cautious secretive and ready to fly.

- Djinn are most active at night; they maintain nocturnal business hours. In general they avoid appearances during the day, preferring to sleep and, like many other insomniacs, do not appreciate being disturbed.

- Djinn hate salt and fear iron and steel, all of which may be used to expel them. They are attracted and pacified by the telling of stories.

- Djinn love heat, deserts and hot climates as well as natural springs, ruins, and wild places. They despise cold and snow. Some of them like tricks, although others can be very benevolent. Their traditional offering is given by pouring oil over four.

Djinn are spiritual devotees too. It's believed that there are Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Pagan djinn. Each prefers to assist humans who share their spiritual orientation. The Islamic djinn, in particular, are said to resent and punish petitions from any but the most devout Muslims, who in theory, of course, will not call them. This is the other factor that keeps the djinn from the spiritual spotlight. The orisha survived because human devotees loved them, depended upon them for spiritual sustenance and magical assistance and risked life and limb to maintain their devotion. However, because the djinn are linked to the more disreputable counter-cultural aspects of Islamic culture especially, a great many might prefer that they disappear. Their human custodians, those most well-versed in djinn lore, in summoning them, appeasing them, sending them, packing as necessary and ritually channeling them, in a similar manner ro the orisha, are traditionally the Gnawa people of North Africa, themselves descendants of enslaved sub-Saharans. (Gnawa or Gnaua, as it is sometimes spelled, is believed to derive from Ghana.)

By Judika Illes, "The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells".
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Re: Djinn
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Post # 8
Wonderful posts!

In research that I have also done I have come across many instances where Djinn and Demons or Daemons were considered the same type of entity. I find this quite interesting, and ever more so when looking at the parallels.

It was even said that Solomon had power over the djinn, which he was also known of have power over demons
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Re: Djinn
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But dont just read one source, go to many read as much as you can exhaust your resources. And when you cant find anymore information talk to them directly ask them questions and honor them, find the benevolent ones first, the spirits who love to be around humans and talk to them.
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