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Djinn, often Romanized as Jinn and Angelicized as Genies (Jinni)[1], are magical spirits that, when summoned, will fulfill the wish of their masters.

History

Regalo for Encanto Oculto

"Oh, no. Oh, shit... not "gin", G-I-N. This summons a Djinn, D-J-I-N-N..."
"A genie?"
"Cool!"
Eliot Waugh, Mike McCormick, and Todd[src]

In preparation for Encanto Oculto in Ibiza, Margo Hanson and Eliot Waugh decided to prepare a magical potion as their regalo[2] to the patrons hosting the party. What was intended to be a "magical gin" turned out to be a potion that summoned a Djinn.[1]

Margo, having been the one who released the Djinn, was recognized as its master. When Mike McCormick, Eliot's new boyfriend, annoyed Margo, the Djinn kidnapped him and returned him to the library, where he was found sucking on a doorknob as per Margo's wish for him to 'suck on some other knob."[1]

Characteristic Traits

"If he grants wishes for real and we bring him to Ibiza, I mean- that's a fucking regalo!"
Eliot Waugh[src]

Djinn are bound to serve their masters, the person who releases them, and have a tendency to fulfill their wishes quite literally; when Margo wished Mike McCormick would "go back where he came from and suck on some other knob", Mike was brought back to the Brakebills library where Margo and Eliot first met Mike and was sucking on a doorknob.

Djinn has the ability to read their master's mind, as Margo merely wanted Mike gone and her Djinn complied without her having to speak her wish. Djinn speak exclusively in Arabic, though they are capable of understanding other languages, as a Djinn was able to understand Eliot when he spoke English.

Trivia

  • Jinn (Arabic: الجن‎, al-jinn) are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology.
    • Jinn is an Arabic collective noun deriving from the Semitic root jnn (Arabic: جَنّ / جُنّ‎, jann), whose primary meaning is "to hide" or "to conceal".
  • Djinn are supernatural creatures in Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Like humans, they can be good (Genie), evil (Djinn), or neutrally benevolent. According to the Qu'ran, the Djinn were created by Allah from a smokeless fire. The focus in Western culture has been on the Djinn or genie's ability to grant wishes, which originated in the tales from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.
  • Arab lore also says that Djinn possesses superhuman speed, strength, immortality, can mimic human voice, and can even possess humans.
  • Classically, Djinns are "Ifrits", demonic spirits of the sands, who are said to have fire for eyes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Mayakovsky Circumstance
  2. Translated from Spanish: "gift"
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