Story By: Laleh Chini
It is part of the Muslim religion to believe that “Jinn” live among humans. In Iran, many people used to report seeing Jinn but these sightings eventually stopped in the last 70-80 years. Jinn are supernatural creatures who lived thousands of years between people secretly.
They are capable of shape-shifting into animals. They look like humans but with hooves and tails. They hid themselves from humans because they were afraid of us and believed we could harm them. They are harmless unless they get indignant. The word “Jinn” means “hidden from sight.” Although normally we don’t see them, they are able to see us. Some believe that Jinn are able to time travel and that they come from different planets.
When I grew up in Iran, older generations from not only my family but many others claimed that they had seen Jinn. As a child, there were a few stories in particular that always sent chills down my spine and decades later, still do. I will share one of old family member’s memories of seeing Jinn.
He claimed that he was shoveling in his garden when he accidentally hit a snake in the head. Instead of killing it with his shovel, he felt sorry for the snake and decided to let it go.
The next day his doorbell rang, but he wasn’t expecting anyone. When he answered the door, somebody he didn’t recognize handed him an envelope without saying a word. When the strange man left, he opened the envelope and found a wedding invitation with his surname on it.
Surprised, he showed the card to all of his family members and none of them knew the bride or groom. His family decided not to go since they didn’t know anyone but he decided to go alone out of respect. The wedding took place just a few days after he had received the invitation, he followed the address and found himself in a big garden with lots of lights, chairs and dressed up people like all of the weddings he normally went to. He couldn’t recognize anyone, so he just sat on a random empty seat. There were all kinds of fruits and pastries on the table in front of him.
When the bride and groom were walking around to greet guests, he got up on his feet like others. He noticed that the groom had a bandage wrapped around his head. The groom walked towards my family member and thanked him for letting the snake go the other day in the garden. He continued: “Thank you for not killing me.” This terrified him. In that instant, he looked down and realized that everyone around him had hooves.
He fainted from the horror of the scene.
When he woke up, he found himself in an old graveyard in his town “Bandar Anzali.”