Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Jinn

The economist brings us another article of interest to fans of Tim Powers. This one concerns local beliefs in the Jinn among the people of Somalia and Afghanistan.
THERE is a cleft in a stone hill outside Qardho, in northern Somalia, which even the hardest gunmen and frankincense merchants avoid. In the cool dark, out of the bleached sunshine, there is a pit, a kind of Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole, which is said to swirl down into the world of jinn. Locals say jinn—genies, that is—fade in and out above the pit. Sometimes they shift into forms of ostriches and run out over the desert scrub.

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RuneQuest mention - San Francisco Examiner, 17 April 1979

Here is a clipping from the San Francisco Examiner  of 17 April, 1979. It mentions RuneQuest, Greg Stafford, and Chaosium. Click here ...