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Did Genie Bottles and Lamps Hold Ghosts?
Did Genie Bottles and Lamps Actually Hold Ghosts?
In the Middle East, there are many who hold beliefs in
jinni. A jinn (or djinn) is an invisible
spirit, oftentimes, considered to be the same as a ghost by some. However, many arabic
people believe jinni to be non-human spirits created before man. Some jinni are known to
be good and others not so good - not too dissimilar to mankind.

The description of jinni sounds very similar to human ghosts, having a wide range
personality traits and differing behavior. Interestingly, the word jinni is where the word
"genie" is derived. In Arab folklore, genies are a supernatural creature mentioned in the
Qur'an and one part of three creations of beings that also include humans and angels. Jinni
are thought to be spirits lesser than angels. Like ghosts and spirits, jinni have been seen
appearing in both male and female form and wearing clothing such as vests and sashes.
Djinn are mentioned in the Koran and are believed by Muslims to live with humans, being
capable of changing into human and animal form when seeking to influence people.
Interestingly, jinni, like humans, are thought to
live in communities with kings, courts,
wedding rituals and different classes based
upon appearance - including animal forms.

In modern times, genies are often thought to
be magical creatures that are trapped in a
bottle and can grant three wishes in
exchange for their freedom. The idea of
keeping a genie in a bottle might stem from
Arabic lore about about jinni being able to be
bound to objects. Magicians have been
thought to have the ability to trap djinn in
lamps or bottles. Legend says that the wisest man, Solomon, had the ability to trap genies
in bottles in order to toss them into the sea.

Shamefully,
today, there are people who claim to be able to trap human ghosts in bottles
during exorcism rituals. It's doubtful this is possible, but many a ghost in a bottle hoaxes do
sell on eBay. PT Barnum once said, "There's a sucker born every minute." Ghosts can
become attached to objects but not trapped within them.
Ghost in a Bottle? Jinni or genies, according to legend, come in five different types of
beings: Jann, Djinn, Sheytans, Afrits (Efreets), and Marids.

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