What the Heck is a Djinn, Anyway?


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ATLANTA – Written by M. L. Childs

The Vital Sacrifice Front CoverSo you may have read my book “The Vital Sacrifice” or may be contemplating reading it but you don’t quite get it because you just don’t know what the heck this Djinn thingy is!

I get it.  If I were intimidated by a concept the buck would certainly stop right there for me, too.  But I’m here to help you to understand this topic so that you can have a better understanding of what the book is about.

First, to grasp an understanding of this word, let me start with a proper English interpretation.  This concept may seem foreign because of the way that this word is spelled. However, when I spell the word like this “genie” does the concept still seem foreign?

All sorts of lights probably just went off in your head and you probably just thought “I know what a genie is.”  Well, a Djinn and a genie is the same thing just a different English translation.

Now, on to the concept of what a genie is.  I’m sure that you probably already know what a genie is from tales like Aladdin, Arabian Nights, I Dream of Jeanie or even some of the Scooby Doo mystery cartoons.  The genie concept isn’t completely new in the western world.  But this playful character is only one type of genie.  In much of the eastern world where this entity originates, genies or Djinn, don’t have a playful connotation to it.  As a matter of fact, Djinn can be compared to vampires or ghosts or demons.  Depending on who is doing the believing, Djinn can be just as imaginary as vampires or ghosts or demons.  However, just like these entities, there are some people who have encountered them and can vouch that these beings are very real.

The existence of genie or Djinn is not up for debate here.  I am introducing this entity here because it is a huge part of the plot of my novel, a novel that happens to be a paranormal romance.  The Djinn in my story have a less playful character than has been personified in most American tales.  But, the Aladdin-styled genie isn’t the only version of genie that exists in American pop culture – its just the most popular one.Rosemary Guilery's Book Vengeful Djinn

Do you recall the movie Wishmaster?  This was an interpretation of Djinn but had a much more malevolent overtone.  What about the movie Djinn and even another one with the similar title Jinn?  These movies also show a darker side of this entity.  My approach isn’t playful nor is it malevolent.  It takes a much more humanized approach to these characters.

If you want to delve even deeper into the many sides of Djinn, one book that I read that explained this well is Rosemary Guiley and Philip Imbrogno’s book, The Vengeful Djinn.

The important thing to remember about the characters that I have created is that they are half men half djinn and they have a normal appearance about them.  The only distinguishing characteristic between them and normal male humans is that they all have the same distinctive scar near their heart.  I tell a tale about how they got these marks in my book.

I chose to repackage and reintroduce this character to the western world because I feel that now is a great time as any to revamp this character introduced to the West by  Antoine Galland in the 19th century.  My characters have creepy overtones but as I said before, I have normalized the characters similar to the way that they normalized vampire characters in movies like Twilight or the television show The Originals.  I will delve into this topic a little further in my next article entitled “The Birth of a New Paranormal Villain in the West.”  Here, I 1) explain what a Djinn is and 2) share the two extremes of the Djinn entity – playful and vengeful – that exist in Western culture.

Stay tuned for more information about concepts in my novel and more tips on marketing your self-published book.


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The Vengeful Djinn book cover courtesy of Amazon

Djinn film trailer courtesy of YouTube

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