Four Jinn Tales to Accompany Our FOLK Issue

If the man chooses her normal breast, Um al-Subyan will treat him as though she were his mother. It got so bad that he one night prayed especially hard—”as if I fought with Allah”—to be freed from the troublesome jinn. But the version of her my grandma liked to describe was that she would eat me if she caught me. Even the home is not safe—for at night, hearing a loved one’s voice, a villager may be lured outdoors, far from the fires and lights of the village, into the Maghwi’s trap. She’s a child’s worst nightmare, and their best incentive to stay well behaved.Yesmine Abida Bahrain Via pxhere The Maghwi is a jinn of the night. Some other people say she will kidnap you and take you somewhere with other jinn and ghouls. She is afraid of fire and of blank bottoms: In the stories, people get rid of Umm al-Subyan by baring their behinds to her so she gets embarrassed and leaves them alone.If Umm al-Subyan bonds with her victim, she accompanies him at all times and helps in all personal and material aspects of his live, but she also punishes him in many different ways when he doesn’t heed her words.Sadiq Sfax, Tunisia Via Unsplash, Haythem Gataa Her name is عزوزة القيلة (‘Azouzat al-Qayla) and growing up, I pictured her roaming the residential neighborhoods of Sfax, with a cane in her hand, a crooked back, and ferocious appetite. She comes out between the Dhuhr and Asr prayer, looking for children that do not take naps, that left the house while adults are sleeping. My mother reports that some jinn used to pester him by trickling long lines of cardamom and clove in the house. If ‘Azouzat al-Qayla catches you, she will take the things you like and never return them. Her name differs from region to region, but she always possesses the same traits and features: She is a female jinn with one leg that of a donkey and the other that of a goat. No dark night was safe of the Maghwi’s enticement until electric lights lit up the sky and pushed the Maghwi far from human habitation and further into the wild.Ali Al-Jamri Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading… The Maghwi was also known to lure nakhlawis, keepers of date palms, away from their companions—and the terrible sight of this jinn would stop their hearts. This ended the problem.Shabana Mir Amran, Yemen Umm al-Subyan illustrated by Jumana Ashami, from here Umm al-Subyan is one of the most important mythical creatures in Yemen’s folk heritage. Stories and tales tell of her appearing in the mountains and in abandoned places, and only ever to men whom she then compels to suckle on one of her breasts. Of her breasts, one is very long and she flings it over her back while the other is normal. It mimics the voices of one’s friends and companions. He kept sacks of herbs and spices in the house for his practice. She is a cautionary tale for children that are restless after lunch, unlike adults that are drowsy from a heavy meal consisting of couscous and grilled fish. He mimics a companion’s voice and lures them into the darkness, then drowns them. Four Jinn Tales to Accompany Our FOLK Issue December 23, 2021December 20, 2021 by Leonie Rau We asked, on Twitter, for readers to share stories about their local jinn to pair with our FOLK issue, released earlier this month: Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India: Via Unsplash, The Matter of Food My grandfather Hakeem Maulvi Chiragh Din was a herbal medicine practitioner, trained in Unani (Greek) medicine. The folk tales say that Umm al-Subyan can take on any shape she wants—she has appeared in the form of the mother, the wife, or a relative of the person she wanted to approach, and even in the form of an animal. If he, however, feeds on her other breast, he becomes her lover.There is no clear explanation as to why Umm al-Subyan is called by that name, but it can be assumed that she got this name because she only appears to men and “al-subyan” in the Yemeni dialect means “male children”. If her Sefsari does not cover her whole face except for her eye, she has big noses with mucus running down her nose pimples on her face. The Maghwi spies fishermen at their trade before dawn.

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