Djinns are among the most authentic magical creatures in Middle Eastern tales. Djinns are usually portrayed as powerful wizards, sometimes monstrous in appearance, sealed in lamps or bottles for eternity. If released, the djinns are destined to grant wishes to anyone who opens their container, and in many tales they are notoriously unhelpful in fulfilling those wishes. Djinns can be good or evil, angry or submissive, but overall they represent a genuine theme of the Arabian tales, and are notably absent from any other folklore.
The origin of the djinns precedes Christianity and Islam, and can be traced to Zoroastrian Persia and on, deeper into the ancient history. Overall, these creatures remain among the most powerful and mysterious characters in myths, legends, and fairy tales.
A new take on the origin of djinns appears in Anna Kashina’s fantasy, THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD. In this book, djinns are portrayed as all-powerful wizards who were once mortal, but chose a path of knowledge to achieve immortality and absolute power. Once successful, they were enslaved by the ethereal god-like forces beyond this world, so that their absolute powers can be contained and pose no danger to human existence.
According to Kashina’s story, a djinn can return to the mortal world only as a spirit, a slave of its container, destined to serve the owner of the container and grant all his wishes. A djinn is exasperated by imprisonment and slavery, which can never end…
…Until one day, when a djinn, handsome and youthful in appearance and tortured in spirit, finds himself in possession of a young, innocent princess who has no idea about the powers that come into play when she first releases him from the bottle on the day of her age-coming.
May the gods have mercy on them both.
Read more about The Princess of Dhagabad at Anna Kashina’s web site.
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