A Djinn (genii, ginn, jann, jinn, shayatin, shaytan) is in Arabic lore, a type of interfering spirit, often demonlike, but not equivalent to a Demon. As are the Greek Daimone,Djinn are self-propagating and can be either good or evil. They possess supernatural powers and can be conjured in magical rites to perform various tasks and services. A Djinn appears as a wish-granting “genie” in many Arabic folktales such as those in the book of one thousand and one night that i read more than 12 times in my life .
In pre-Islamic lore, the Djinn are malicious, are born of smokeless fire, and are not immortal. They live with other supernatural beings in the Kaf, a mythical range of emerald mountains that encircles the earth. They like to roam the deserts and wilderness. They are usually invisible but have the power to shapeshift to any form, be it insect, other animal, or human. King Solomon used a magic ring to control Djinn and protect him from them. The ring was set with a gem, probably a diamond, that had a living force of its own. With the ring, Solomon branded the necks of the Djinn as his slaves.
One story tells that a jealous Djinn (sometimes identified as Asmodeus) was belong to the devil and very bad Jinn stole the ring while Solomon bathed in the river Jordan. The Djinn seated himself on Solomon’s throne at his palace and reigned over his kingdom, forcing Solomon to become a wanderer. God compelled the Djinn to throw the ring into the sea. Solomon retrieved it and punished the Djinn by imprisoning him in a bottle.
According to another story, Solomon took Djinn to his crystal-paved palace, where they sat at tables made of iron. The Qur’an tells how the king made them work at building palaces and making carpets, ponds, statues, and gardens. Whenever Solomon wanted to travel to faraway places, the Djinn carried him there on their backs.
Solomon forced the Djinn to build the Temple of Jerusalem and all of the city as well.
Djinn in Muslim Lore
Islamic theology absorbed and modified the Djinn; some became beautiful and good-natured. According to the Muslim faith, humans are created from clay and water, and the essence of angels is light. Djinn were created on the day of creation from the smokeless fire, or the essential fire. They are invisible to most people except under certain conditions; however, dogs and donkeys are able to see them.
Protect Yourself from the Jinn and Shaytan
They were on the Earth before human beings, but it is unknown how long. By some accounts, they were created 2,000 years before Adam and Eve and are equal to angels in stature. Their ruler, Iblis(also called Shaytan), refused to worship Adam and so was cast out of heaven, along with his followers. Iblis became the equivalent of the Devil, and the followers all became Demons. Iblis’ throne is in the sea.
As do humans, Djinn have free will and are able to understand good and evil. The Qur’an states that the purpose of their creation is the same as that of humans, which is to worship God. They are responsible for their actions and will be judged at the Last Judgment. It is said that Hell will be filled with Djinn and humans together. Conflicting stories about the Djinn abound, similar to conflicting stories about Angels And Demons. According to some accounts, there are three types of Djinn:
- Those who are able to fly. These Djinn can be heavy or light, tall or thin, and are shape shifters with very flexible bodies.
2. Those who reside in a given area and cannot travel out of that area. They may live in abandoned houses, churches, caves , etc
3. Those who manifest as snakes, scorpions, creeping animals, and dogs (especially Black Dogs, who are devils or Iblis)hellhound.
Muhammad warned the people to cover their utensils, close their doors, and keep their children close to them at night, as the Djinn spread out at night and take things. He also warned people to put out their lights, as the Djinn could drag away the wicks and start a fire. However, they will not open a locked door, untie a knot, or uncover a vessel. If people find a snake in their house, they should call out to it for three days before killing it. If the snake is a shape-shifted Djinn, it will leave.
The Djinn can be converted, as sura 72 of the Qur’an indicates: “It has been revealed to me that a company of the Djinn gave ear, then they said ‘we have indeed heard a Qur’an wonderful, guiding to rectitude.’ ” Muhammad converted Djinn by reciting the Qur’an to them. However, all Djinn are unreliable and deceitful, even if converted. The Djinn will guard graves if commanded to do so by Witchcraft; in Egypt, it is bad luck to open a pharaoh’s tomb, for the guarding Djinn will harm anyone who violates the sacred space. Some say this is a scare tactics so no body steals the treasures of the country.
The life span of Djinn is much longer than that of humans, but they do die. They are both male and female and have children. They eat meat, bones, and dead animals parts. They play, sleep, and have animals. Descriptions of their appearances vary. They may have the legs of a goat, a black tail, or a hairy body. They may be exceptionally tall and have their eyes set vertically in their heads, they might have leg and head with no chest and no abdomen , they can be like slenderman, nightcrawlers, etc.
Although they can live anywhere on the planet, they prefer deserts, ruins, and places of impurity like graveyards, garbage dumps, bathrooms, camel pastures, and hashish dens. They also can live in the houses where people live. They love to sit in places between the shade and the sunlight and move around when the dark first falls. They also like marketplaces, and Muslims are warned not to be the first to enter the market or the last to leave it, or the valleys and caves ,my grandfather saw a jinn wedding and he witnessed it from far at the entry of the cave with dancing and going in circle with dance and loud voice , when he shot a bullet from his old turkish rifle in the air away from the crowd he told my father that all those people he used to think they are people changed and turned to animal and birds and some fly so fast, they went after him and start hit him with stones in the desert he took his horse and run as fast as he could back to his town and the kept throwing the stones at him for miles .
In Islam, it is believed that humans are unable to get in touch with the deceased, learn about the future or what happens after death, or be healed, as these phenomena are in God’s realm. Djinn have limited powers in these areas. Djinn can appear to humans as the spirits of the dead and communicate with the living through visions and voices. Those who learn the medicinal qualities of plants through the plants’ talking to them are actually speaking with devils. It was the Djinn who taught humans Sorcery.
Djinn will eat human food, stealing its energy, unless people say the name Allah prior to eating. Marriage between Humans and Djinn As do Fairies, Djinn fall in love with humans and marry them. There is no direct evidence of it, and no children have qualities of both Djinn and human. A clan in the United Arab Emirates claims to descend from a female Djinn. There is controversy over whether it is lawful to marry Djinn, but most Islamic jurists believe it is unlawful. There also seems to be controversy as to whether a mixed marriage will be able to produce children. If the mother is human, the children will be visible and look like humans. If the mother is Djinn, the children will be invisible.
Djinn interfere in human relationships. If they fall in love with a human, they try to disrupt marriages and other relationships.
Possession by Djinn
Ordinary human acts can kill or hurt Djinn without people being aware of doing so. When that happens, Djinn possesses the offending people in order to take revenge on them. Others who are vulnerable to possession are those who live alone, for Djinn are opposed to community.
As do the daimones, pairs of Djinn stay with each person. One whispers good; the other whispers evil. The moods of humans can be affected by the Djinn, ranging from happiness to sadness for no known reason. Although they are able to affect peoples’ minds and bodies, they have no power over the soul or heart. When possessed, the person appears to be insane and exhibits signs of anger, anxiety, and depression. A woman’s voice will sound like a man’s, and a man’s voice will sound like a woman’s. Physical symptoms include nausea after eating, headaches, frequent desire to fight, heavy shoulders, a constant feeling of dissatisfaction, and a desire to commit suicide.
Asking the Djinn to leave may not be enough to induce him or her to go, and someone who is trained may be needed to perform an Exorcism to expel the Djinn from the body.
Modern Experiences of Djinn
Djinn are still prominent in modern superstitions, and encounters with them occur all the time. They are visible in great numbers to those who can see them. In the Middle East, beliefs about Djinn are strong in certain areas. Upper-middle-class people in urban areas tend to look upon Djinn beliefs as superstition, but in rural and remote areas, the Djinn hold sway.
David Morehouse, a retired remote viewer (clairvoyant) for the U.S. military, relates in his book Psychic Warrior how he had temporary visions of Djinn due to a head injury. He was among American troops camped with Jordanian troops for training exercises in Jordan at Baten el Ghoul, which means “Belly of the Beast.”
The Jordanians considered it a haunted valley, where the Demons came out at night to hurt people so those kind of jinn are ghouls. It was not unusual to have one’s sleep interrupted by the screams and howls of frightened Jordanian soldiers who swore in the light of day that they had seen a Demon. . Baten el Ghoul was a desolate and jagged valley carved out of the desert that spilled over from Saudi Arabia. There was no life there except arachnids.
Morehouse was accidentally shot in the helmet, an injury that left a huge lump on his head. After this, he experienced Djinn:
Sometime in the night, my eyes opened to a surreal light outside the tent. It was like the light of an eclipsed sun and wasn’t coming from any stove. It filled the night sky. The entire Baten el Ghoul and the hills beyond were bathed in the strange bluish gray light; I walked to the edge of the bluff and stared into the valley. Dark figures moved effortlessly across its floor, like apparitions. They poured from the rocks in various heaps and shapes and moved about the clusters of tents.
I could hear muffled cries from the Jordanian encampment, and momentarily I thought we were being overrun by thieves or Israelis. Panicked, I turned to run for help. Colliding with one of the figures, I reflexively closed my eyes, except I didn’t collide. I walked right through it. Turning around I watched the figure disappear over the edge of the bluff. After that, the lump on his head disappeared.
Djinn are the indigenous spirits of the Middle East and North Africa. They preceded Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the area but have since traveled the world with Islam and are now found far from their original home. Now they can found everywhere in the world as population of human make them move to new areas and empty caves and deserted places.
Djinn is sometimes used to indicate both singular and plural, but in Morocco, Djinn refers to an individual spirit. The plural is jnoun.
Djinn constitute a vast community of spirits. They come in all shapes and sizes and vary in power and temperament. Djinn have hierarchical societies that parallel those of humans. Thus Chamharouch is a king of Djinn. Some Djinn are fascinated by people and behave very much like orishas. They can be benevolent protectors. Others just want to be left alone.
The name Djinn derives from Old Arabic and means “covert” or “darkness.” Most Djinn are secretive, covert spirits who are invisible most of the time. Many are ambivalent toward people. They are nocturnal, preferring to sleep during the day. They haunt ruins, cemeteries, and crossroads. Blood appeals to them, and so they may be found in slaughterhouses.
Djinn like liminal spaces: they have a tendency to take up residence at the threshold of homes. It’s crucial not to step on the threshold but over it and also never to throw anything on the ground without giving warning, especially liquids or waste products. Djinn who are rudely awakened tend to reflexively strike out: they cause illness, sudden stroke, and/or paralysis that will resist medical treatment, responding only to magical and shamanic cures.
- Some Djinn are skilled shape-shifters and may appear in any form.
- Some Djinn are consistently benevolent and are venerated and loved.
- Some Djinn are consistently temperamental, treacherous, hostile, and malevolent: the very embodiment of evil spirits. People may propitiate them, but the motivation is fear.
In recent years, Djinn have been blamed for encouraging suicide bombers.Those usually are demons and devil followers.
Djinn are spiritual devotees, too. There are Pagan, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Djinn; each is allegedly most likely to help humans who share their religious persuasion although the most generous Djinn are kind to all and the most malevolent are equal-opportunity offenders. Djinn love and crave heat. They live in the desert, by hot springs, and in bathhouses. They despise the cold, and Djinn in colder climes tend to be grouchy. That’s why if you encounter them in Alaska or Canada and colder areas of russia and Europe they usually bad and harmful.I have encounter with a female demon back in 1983- 1984 in moose factory ontario .
Djinn hate salt and fear iron ,steel and copper , the bible mentioned a verse about this when God asked David to tell solomon when he build the temple to put 2 pilar one made of iron and second of copper . All may be used to keep them far away. They don’t like noisy, crowded places although they are curious spirits and will venture out to observe or even participate in fairs, markets, and festivals. Djinn enjoy stories and can be pacified or lured by telling exciting, suspenseful tales. They will hover quietly in corners and listen. In the manner of Scheherazade, should you need to keep a Djinn calm or play for time, keep telling stories. That’s why when I do any paranormal investigation I start doing chanting and prayers from the bible and quran that have stories and not just to cleanse them but to be polite and ask them nicely to leave or not to harm the people , it is so difficult to get rid of them when they occupied the house for awhile and enjoyed the security ,warmth and saletiute of the place to be bothered by new tenant . That’s why there are rules and protocols when you move to a new house or place , special prayers and asking for permission if you dont know please ask me or ask those who are expert with jinn so we can help you and show you how to do it.
If you anticipate dealings with Djinn, it’s not bad to maintain a repertoire of tales, just in case, tell them about yourself and your family why you are here and how you suffer in life and how you love all creatures and you dont mean harm , dont provoke them or insult them , remember they are like you a nation a people ,proud creature of God that were created before human and they feel jealous from the human
Sometimes you can make an offering like the chinese does ,it sound silly but it works keep fresh water ,warm bread and fruit dont cover it and say in God name I allow you to eat from this plate only . keep the plate they will eat and your plate will not change at all , then after few days keep the fruit out in the garden or on side . We keep mirror ,holly book, fresh water, crustal , salt and incense in the house at the end before we move in. Then we pray resisting from the holy books. They usually will leave alone and go to empty places like the attock or any other corners, Make an offering every now and then to keep them happy .If they still bother you then they are bad jinn or demon and we go to plan B and that is severe cleansing and using God names and the holy book and all the ritual of cleansing we call the roqia .
Djinn have a code of honor. Even the most malevolent Djinn will honor a promise or vow. (Make sure that you do, too.) Djinn appreciate favors done for them and respectful behavior. Like what i said you came to the house or place you bought the place but they lived before you in it as they go to any empty place that been unoccupied for 40 days , why 40 you ask this is another long story i will cover it later.
Djinn famously manifest as snakes, scorpion ,black cats, or black dogs. It’s considered dangerous to injure, kill, or even annoy any of these creatures as it may be a Djinn in disguise. Try to find another way to deal with them if they are not in your house or your area just leave them alone. I have 2 black cats not all black animal are jinn but that the most known about the manifestations that took place.
The traditional offering involves pouring oil over flour, they like food called zaatar made from wild mint olive oil and some flower,rice or seeds, Jewish Djinn like fruit jam. Christian Djinn have the reputation of eating anything, but . Djinn tend to like alcoholic beverages, candles, and incense, especially benzoin they get focused on the candles and keep them calm. They also like pet birds or small pets, they do play with them at night.
They hate salt. Make sure anything given to them was prepared without salt, or it will be rejected and their enmity earned.Keep all salt in jars and away from site saltshakers etc away from your table. lots of can food have lots of salt so that why you have to use fresh fruits and food.
Afarit ‘ is a type of malevolent spirit. (The same word refers to the individual Afarit and the entire species; it is both singular and plural.)
True Afarit are primordial fire spirits who existed on Earth thousands of years before people, genuine Old Ones. :In modern Egypt, the word Afarit has evolved into a catchall for any type of revenant, ghost, or apparition, although the word remains unfailingly negative. Afarit is used as a synonym for evil spirit. There is no such thing as a “friendly Afarit.”they are like ghoul, skinwalkers, rake, etc.
Afarit are not minor disruptive spirits but are exceptionally dangerous, powerful, smart, and malevolent. They don’t like people. Afarit possess powers of bilocation: they can be in more than one place at the same time. They can render themselves visible or invisible at will. Their appearance is subject to their whim, but they are generally described as “huge” and “terrifying.” Should they possess or afflict someone, that person may show signs of psychosis and/or extraordinary physical strength. The person who is possessed or afflicted by the Afarit may Demonstrate what resembles steroid rage or steroid psychosis but with no physical explanation for the condition.
The spilled blood of murder victims creates a portal for Afarit. They emerge at the place on Earth where the blood was spilled. To prevent this emergence, hammer a new nail (a nail that has never before been used) into the spot. Remove the nail and release the Afarit.
Afarit may be considered their own unique class of spirit or are sometimes considered a subcategory of particularly dangerous Djinn. Other jinn fear him too. It is like the Rambo of the jinn , or like the jinn got hired by Mr trump.
Afarit are always dangerous, malicious, and powerful. Many authorities perceive them as lacking any redeeming qualities (beyond the fact that they are incredibly powerful, causing reckless sorcerers to wish to command them).
Afarit are most associated with Egypt, North Africa, and the Middle East, but they can travel where they will. They are especially fond of abandoned cemeteries, lingering among ancient Egyptian tombs and the Great Pyramid, large deep caves, and large valleys
To Attract and Command an Afarit
This technique derives from Moroccan Jewish traditions and is begun after the conclusion of the Sabbath on Saturday night. The Sabbath officially ends after sunset and so timing is different each Saturday night and must be verified before beginning the ritual. Most Jewish calendars include information regarding when the Sabbath begins and ends each week.
- Light an oil lamp.
- Cover it with a couscousière (tasksut), a kitchen utensil with seven holes, used to prepare couscous.
- Recite the appropriate invocations. If this is done correctly, a seven- headed Afarit will appear, each head poking through a hole in the tasksut.
- At this point, things can either go very well or not. Very well means that the Afarit submits to your will and follows your command. Not very well … well, you can imagine. The outcome depends somewhat on the summoner. It is crucial to remain calm, collected, and courageous.
Variations: Afreet, Afreeti, Afrite, Efreet, Efreeti, Efrit, Ifreet, Ifrit
African and Muslim folklore alike speak of a vampiric spirit called the afrit, or afriti when found in numbers. Its name means “blood drinking nomad.” When a person is murdered, his spirit returns to the place of death. At the very spot where the last drop of his lifeblood fell, the newly created afrit rises up at that spot , that why you see most haunting that the people who got killed and murdered in a place they will come back and haunt the place or haunt you, they might ask for help because the afrit who rise attached to them he use them as a toy to play with them and enjoy their fear or simply try to force them to leave and go back to the light or away from his place , many are afraid to go for judgment so they keep staying in the same place and ask for help and fight the demon in that place. So please if you see this make sure to pray for the person soul daily for 7 days few prayers in the morning and the night and ask them to go to the light by opening the window ask them politely , tell them that God is merciful and he love them and to be safe from the demon who is torturing them daily and keep offer prayers in the same time cleanse the place from demon and negative energy that will give enforcement to the human spirit to leave.
Some expert say that efrit looks like a larger version of the jinni, but others claim it appears as a desert dervish, a ghostlike form, a tall column of smoke, or a being resembling the Christian devil complete with cloven hooves, horns, and a tail. Just to see the creature will cause a person to be overcome with fear. I did see it back in 1984 in north ontario and it was the most terrifying moments in my life . To prevent this vampiric being from entering into existence, a nail must be driven into the exact spot where the last drop of lifeblood fell. This will force the spirit to remain in the earth.
In Islamic mythology, spirits often evil but sometimes good. They are but one of the five classes of Djinn, or devils. The Koran (sura 27) makes a brief mention of the “Ifrit, one of the Djinn.” In Egyptian Islamic folklore an Ifrit means the ghost of a murdered man or one who died a violent death. Yet the female version of the Ifrit, called the Ifriteh, mentioned in The Thousand and One Nights, is a benevolent Djinn. In one tale, “Second Old Man’s Story” (night 2), a pious woman is transformed into an Ifriteh and carries a hero to an island to save his life. In the morning she returns and says: “I have paid thee my debt, for it is I who bore thee up out of the sea and saved thee from death, by permission of Allah. Know that I am of the Djinn who believe in Allah and his prophet.” Thus, some Ifrits are good spirits, converted to Islam. This is the type I saw in north ontario back in 1984 , a female efrit
Lord: Chemharouch ; is King of Morocco’s Djinn. If other Djinn are giving you trouble, complaints may be addressed to Sidi Chemharouch. Although he is a Djinn, Sidi Chemharouch is also venerated as a saint in Marrakesh and elsewhere in Morocco. Sidi Chemharouch may be buried at the foot of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. His grave, at the end of a deep gorge, beside a waterfall in the village of Sidi Chemharouch is believed to be a survival of a pre-Islamic shrine but, as of the time of this writing, non-Muslims are forbidden to cross the bridge leading to his shrine. Pilgrims visit all year round. There is little that Sidi Chemharouch cannot accomplish. For me i USE the name Of God only to ask him by his power and the power or archangel michael, the holy spirit and God light to help as by God permission only we get the benefit . The use of the word or name CHAMHAROUCH MIGHT help you for while as the jinn try to find out why you use the name of the most pious jinn they love stories and they think and try to find out but if you are dealing with bad Jinn he will hate you more as those bad jinn do not like good pious jinn that was dead already.
The good jinn Woman / jinnya, She is a Lilith-like figure
Pronounced: A-eesh-ah Kahn-deesh-ah
Beautiful Aisha Qandisha lingers near deserted Moroccan springs after dark. Men sometimes mistake her for a lady of easy virtue, but beware: that can be a fatal error. The clue that she is not an ordinary lady of the evening lies in her feet. Allegedly, even when appearing otherwise human, one foot or leg still resembles that of a camel, donkey, or goat.
Aisha Qandisha is as adored as she is feared. She is a great spirit venerated by Algeria’s Ouled Nail, a Berber tribe who are famed for their beautiful and independent female dancers, as well as by various Islamic Brotherhoods, including the Gnawa and Hamadsha. Aisha Qandisha reveals herself through ritual possession, prophesying and answering questions via entranced mediums. Aisha Qandisha causes death, illness, and madness but also restores health and bestows wealth, abundance, fertility, and luck. She is a Lilith-like figure, simultaneously dangerous and benevolent. But it is dangerous to do that as she is trying to get you away from asking God the creator as all must be given to God and he will harm or benefits us all by his well. So I usually dont summon her or use her name, she is also part from the book of the dead stories.
Running from Aisha Qandisha rarely works. Thrust a steel knife into Earth instead, or large steel nail This halts her so that you can banish her or hold her and negotiate. Ask her for anything: safety, protection for you and yours, health, wealth, occult knowledge, or supernatural skills. She will name a price. Moroccans traditionally bargain in the marketplace. Aisha may expect to spend some time negotiating. If you don’t like her first price, make a counteroffer. Take many steel nails large one try to also cover yourself with iron and copper necklaces, amulets, wrist band etc.
Who is she? One theory is that she is among the most powerful and renowned of all Djinn. Another is that she is Astarte reduced to hanging out at hot springs now that her temples are shut, enlisting her own devotees and supplying her own human sacrifices (self-service!). She may be Kadesh, the sacred harlot. Aisha may have been brought to Morocco paigan Phoenicians, or she may be an indigenous Berber water spirit. and that’s what i Think she is water elementary spirit and part of lilith personality .
Those evening encounters at springs aren’t random. She knows exactly who she’s looking for. The standard Aisha Qandisha legend suggests that if a man runs from her, she calls him by name. She knows who he is. I managed to run from my female jinn i north alberta back in 1984 and she call my name i dont know how she know ? and then she said I am savannah !
If the man who ran from here can reach the company of others, he’ll be safe. that’s what I did to mine in Canada I run so fast from here and went with a friend that she was behind me , and we both run back to our place,
If she catches him, she may drag him into the river to drown. Alternatively, she will seduce him to work for her . If left unsatisfied, she may then drown him, but sometimes if a man pleases her, she bestows generous gifts and spiritual protection.
Some though not all men who survive encounters with Aisha Qandisha pine for her, losing interest in human relationships. They may be treated and healed by the various Brotherhoods who venerate Aisha Qandisha. Aisha Qandisha engages in three types of relationships:
- Very brief relationships in which she causes harm
- Warm relationships in which she offers assistance. Maintain a home altar for her or offer an annual lavish offering or pilgrimage.
- Very intense relationships, especially with men whom she may have relation with.
She can be a very demanding spirit who insists that devotees dress only in her sacred colors or that male devotees never cut their hair or fingernails. She may order that men wear only old, worn, dirty clothing (essentially isolating them from conventional society). No need to volunteer any of this. If she wants something, she’ll tell you. All that is to bring men away from God and to do do things for her she is like an evil women , some say a woman that was raped and drowned in the river , her soul came back to revenge and pulling men to hell with her.
Should one already possess a human partner or hope to have one in addition to Aisha, it is very crucial that this be brought up and negotiated when she first proposes marriage. Terms may be negotiated. Both sides may request gifts and lay down rules for the relationship. Aisha Qandisha may impose sexual restrictions on male devotees: so she also ask them to do what God forbids.
- They may have sex only with her.
- They may have sex only with her and a human spouse.
- They may have sex only with her and her female devotees.
Aisha Qandisha is associated with mud, Earth, springs, and rivers. She may render a man impotent, control his virility, or conversely bestow superhuman sexual powers. She preserves and enhances good health, good fortune, fertility, and virility when she chooses. She causes and heals the following: that was cause by any evil entities
- Paralysis, especially if sudden or unexplained
- Sudden deafness, blindness, and/or muteness
- Children’s illnesses
- Menstrual problems or infertility
Aisha Qandisha may cause any of the above ailments if annoyed or displeased. She may also be petitioned to remove and heal them, whether or not she is the cause. (She has dominion over these ailments and can undo another spirit’s damage or curse.) If she fulfills a request or petition, make sure to pay her what was promised and quickly or she will attack. She’s a temperamental, volatile spirit, quick to scratch, strangle, or whip those who displease her or don’t obey her commands fast enough.
Manifestations: Aisha Qandisha usually looks like a gorgeous woman, but typically with some little giveaway that she’s more than that, such as one goat, camel, or donkey foot. She wears long robes as camouflage; the animal leg may not be immediately apparent. She also appears as a wizened hag with pendulous breasts. Alternatively she manifests with a woman’s head, breasts, and legs and a goat’s body, or as a pregnant goat with a woman’s legs. Her hair often forms snake-like curls. When Aisha wishes to travel incognito, she takes the form of a wasp. Apparitions of Aisha tend to occur near water or fig trees.
Sacred sites: Caves, forests, freshwater springs, rivers, and the seashore; Aisha Qandisha has a grotto beneath a giant fig tree near the tomb of the Moroccan holy man, Sidi Ali ben Hamdouch. It is traditional to light candles for her before sleeping in the grotto in attempts to establish contact with Aisha or receive a healing dream.
Elements: Water, earth (especially watery earth: mud, marshes, the shore)
Offerings: Amber, honey, cowrie shells, bread, olives. Burn candles for her. Adorn yourself with henna in her honor. When making vows to Aisha, it’s traditional to tie bits of fabric to a tree (preferably fig) as testament.
Aisha Qandisha may be one single spirit who Demonstrates different sides of herself to different individuals or groups of people. Alternatively, there may be a family or sisterhood of Aisha spirits, similar to the various Vodou Fredas or Simbis, who may or may not all be the same spirit. Another theory suggests that the various paths of Aisha Qandisha are actually her daughters. (See the Glossary entry for Path for further information on this concept.)
Lalla Aisha’s different paths are distinguished by the time of day preferred for outings. Some paths of Lalla Aisha only venture out at twilight or after dark. Others prefer the cool of the morning. While the standard description of Aisha Qandisha classifies her as a Berber or Semitic spirit, some paths emphasize her origin in sub-Saharan Africa.
Each path of Aisha has a slightly different personality, responds to different songs, and expects slightly different offerings. Each Aisha has a Moroccan saint whom she favors; she may reside or be invoked near that saint’s shrine. Devotees of the saint propitiate her. In this context she is almost inevitably addressed as Lalla Aisha, literally Lady Aisha.
- She may be a spirit from sub-Saharan Africa.
- She may be a woman who worked for Sidi Ali ben Hamdush as a servant or slave, then disappeared after his death.
- She may be the daughter of Chemharouch, King of Djinn.
- She may be the child of a spirit, Ighud, Shepherd of the Wind, and a human mother.
Her grotto near Sidi Ali’s tomb is banked on one side by the root system of an enormous fig tree. She is like the guardian spirit of the holy jinn grave and tomb . Pilgrimage to her grotto, especially in conjunction with pilgrimage to Sidi Ahmed and Sidi Ali’s tombs, allegedly provides miracle healings of infertility, children’s illnesses, and diseases caused by Lalla Aisha herself. Tie bits of rags, ribbons, or fabric to the tree as testament to vows made to Aisha. (The traditional vow is to promise to return and offer a black hen if she fulfills your request.)
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