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Djinn and Skin(walkers)

Something that struck me recently is the similarity between the Skinwalker of Native American lore and the Djinn of Arabic legend. They are both known for being shapeshifters, and both tend to be nefarious entities in league with the powers of darkness. The Djinn—from which we get our word “genie”—were beings created by Allah out of “smokeless” fire during the creation of the world. The Djinn—technically I suppose I should use DJINN to refer to the creatures in plural and DJINNI if we are talking about a singular Djinn, but I have seen “Djinn” used to describe both one entity and multiple entities. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, the explorer who introduced much of what we know of Arabic folklore to the West, spelled it as JINN and said the plural of this term was JANN. There is no clear consensus. It’s kinda like how you can spell the Muslim holy book the Koran or the Quran. Either is correct.

Skinwalkers are necromancers who, in Navajo culture, use their sorcery to transform into animals. The term comes from the original “yee naaldlooshii”, which translates literally to “”by means of it, he goes on all fours”. Skinwalkers, though, are human, or start out that way, whereas Djinn never were.

The Evil Cheezman • July 20, 2018

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