Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

01 April 2011

Destination Truth: Did Josh Get Djinned Up?

One of the challenges facing researchers into the unknown is determinig just what exactly you're up against. Ghost? Demon? Alien? Cryptid?
If you're a regular reader, you know that I have a "thing" for Djinn (and gin as well, but I digress). I've just finished reading "The Vengeful Djinn", a great book by paranormal researchers Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Philip J. Imbrogno. The book uses lore from the Qur'an, various religious and folkloric texts, and interviews with witnesses to paint a picture of these mysterious entities. In some of his other works, Imbrogno has theorized that the Djinn may well be living, intelligent creatures formed from plasma. He argues a good case that the Djinn are actually behind a number of paranormal phenomena, ranging from UFOs/aliens, to Bigfoot/cryptids and even hauntings.
I caught part of Destination Truth the other night. In the episode, the team explored the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop. The town was reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of the miners who died there. I'm not so convinced that that's the case. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the paranormal activity there is the result of a resident Djinn. Follow:
The Djinn are desert dwellers. The Qur'an and other Muslim texts relate that the evil Djinn are banished to "the desert places". While Djinn are reputed to dwell in caves, caverns, wells, and other natural shelters, they demonstrate a preference for abandoned buildings and homes. An abandoned town, in the process of being swallowed up by the desert, is an IDEAL homestead for Djinns. And when Djinn move in, they don't like to move out. The fact that the majority of events took place in the butcher shop is another clue. The Djinn have a propensity for hanging around in "unclean" places.(as an aside, vampires and other negative entities have a long folkloric tradition of lurking in outhouses and cessponds. Try telling a "Twilight" groupie that a vampire is more likely to be found in a toilet than a blood bank!) A building where flesh was chopped and blood was shed would certainly fall into that category.(considering that the town was founded by Germans and that pork and "unclean" meat was processed in the shop adds even more to the possibility).
The Qur'an also states that Djinn quite literally "whisper in man's ear". EVPs? HELLO! Another aspect of the Djinn's nature is that they can cause illness. Being non-corporeal, Djinn can enter the body through orifices or even pores and cause pain and discomfort (including nosebleeds and breathing difficulties no doubt!)
And one argument against the ghost/haunting theory is: while life and death in the mining town was certainly tough, what with the unbearable heat and inherent dangers of working the mine, we're NOT talking about a particular hellhole. Life and death in a mining town don't really compare to say, a prison, hospital, TB sanitarium, mental asylum, or any of the other more notorious sites for a haunting.
I'm convinced that in this case, we're not talking ghosts. Man moved out, Djinn moved in!


Autumnforest said...

Excellent catch! You nailed it. I was thinking the same thing. Now, our mining towns get a lot of action here in AZ, but in the case of diamond mining, it doesn't seem this sandy region would ever support a true haunting because they really are geologically tied. That was a great find and you made a wonderful case!

Courtney Mroch said...

Huh. Super interesting point of view. Now you've really got me thinking....ouch! (hehe Just kidding.) Seriously, this is very intriguing.

Gummerfan said...

I must say that Imbrogno's theories are some of the most exciting things I've read since the late, great John Keel.
I'm eagerly awaiting his upcoming book. It deals with his efforts to identify and quantify portals between dimensions. I can't wait to read his findings on that! And I'm betting a certain ghost hunting blogger would find it interesting as well! :)