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jinni or jinnee also djinni
or djinny (jîn´ê, jî-nê´) noun
plural jinn also djinn (jîn)
In Moslem legend, a spirit
capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural
influence over people.
Creatures that are half-human
and half-demon from pre-Islamic times. Originally, they were spirits of
nature that caused madness in humans. They differ not much from humans:
they reproduce, they have the same bodily needs, and they die, although
their life span is much longer.
The Arabic word jinn, which means "spirit"", is
neutral--some of the jinni serve Allah, while others do not. The Arabs
believed the jinni often took the form of ostriches, or rode them. Dalila,
Samson's treacherous mistress, rode and ostrich.
There are five orders of
genies: the Marid (the most powerful), the Afrit, the Shaitan, the Jinn,
and the Jann (the least powerful).
Jinni can do good or evil, are mischievous and
enjoy punishing humans for wrongs done them, even unintentionally. Thus
accidents and diseases are considered to be their work. They are composed
of fire or air and they can assume both animal and human form. They exist
in air, in flame, under the earth and in inanimate objects, such as rocks,
trees and ruins. In the stories of the "Thousand and One Nights" a jinn
often inhabits an old, battered oil lamp. After rubbing the lamp three
times, it will appear and grants the holder of the lamp three wishes. A
fourth wish will undo the previous three.
Djinn chairs designed by
Olivier Mourgue, 1964-65. Can be seen in the space station interior in
the 1968 film _2001:
A Space Odyssey_
Made of a steel frame covered with nylon stretch jersey fabric over rubber
and foam. Manufactured by Airborne in France.
use of entheogenic,
consciousness-enhancing plants and drugs presents a direct and powerful
challenge to any system that seeks to spoon-feed the masses with false
ideals of nationalism, racism, sexism or pre-digested religion, and this
is precisely the reason they have been criminalized. One does not go back
to being led around by the nose once the fullness of one's humanity is
realized, nor to eating pap once the full pleasures of eating are learned;
besides, we need roughage or we fill up with our own waste. Expanded consciousness
is one genie that can't be put back in the bottle and we're better off
The cat is out of the bag.
Pandora's box lies open.
— Clark Heinrich,
"Last Word" in Strange Fruit
Jini, Java, Bill Joy
track _Djinn_ MP3 (160k)
604 track _Jinny_ MP3 (192k)
by Eargear vs. DJ Magical
on Tatsu (2001)
comic routine _Djinni In A Candy Store_ MP3 (160k)
Qui-Gon Jinn from _Star
Wars: The Phantom Menace_
tv series _I Dream
faces: Larry Hagman (of _Dallas_; he's also a vegetarian),
Zone_ episode _Man In The Bottle_
Twilight Zone episode _I Dream
Of Genie_ (vhs/ntsc)
first aired: 3/21/63
"Meet Mr. George P. Hanley,
a man life treats without deference, honor or success. Waiters serve his
soup cold. Elevator
operators close doors in his face. Mothers never bother to wait up for
the daughters he dates. George is a creature of humble habits and tame dreams.
He's an ordinary man, Mr. Hanley, but at this moment the accidental possessor
of a very special gift, the kind of gift that measures men against their
dreams, the kind of gift most of us might ask for first and possibly regret
to the last, if we, like Mr. George P. Hanley, were about to plunge head-first
and unaware into our own personal Twilight Zone."
George P. Hanley buys
a lamp for a secretary's birthday at work. After another co-worker gives
her a present of lingerie, George decides to keep the lamp. Later at home,
he tries to shine it, and out comes a genie. He says George can have one
wish. George fantasizes several situations involving various wishes, and
they all end in disaster. He finally decides what he wants his wish to
be. Later, a bum finds the lamp and rubs it. A genie appears, and it's
"Mr. George P. Hanley.
Former vocation: jerk. Present vocation: genie. George P. Hanley, a most
ordinary man whom life treated without deference, honor or success, but
a man wise enough to decide on a most extraordinary wish that makes him
the contented, permanent master of his own altruistic Twilight Zone."