Q: i think maybe this is for the Aulis to Shangri-La: Myth & Folklore Challenge, but i'm not sure which story/mythology.. any thoughts? @ everyone, @apokalipstick
A: **jin·ni or jin·nee also djin·ni or djin·ny (jn, j-n)
n. pl. jinn also djinn (jn)
- a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.
- an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
[Arabic jinn, demonic, demon, from jinn, demons, from janna, to cover, conceal; see gnn in Semitic roots.]
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