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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_ DVD. 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 for it.
The cat is out of the bag.
Pandora's box lies open.
— Clark Heinrich, "Last
Word" in Strange Fruit
- Jini, Java, Bill Joy
- 604 track _Djinn_ MP3 (160k) by Dreamweaver
- 604 track _Jinny_ MP3 (192k) by Eargear
vs. DJ Magical on Tatsu (2001)
- comic routine _Djinni In A Candy Store_ MP3
(160k) by Lenny Bruce
- Qui-Gon Jinn from _Star
Wars: The Phantom Menace_
- tv series _I Dream Of Jeannie_
- faces: Larry Hagman (of _Dallas_; he's also
a vegetarian), Barbara Eden
- _Twilight Zone_ episode
_Man In The Bottle_
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- 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 George!
"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."