Djinn

Djinn,  are an ancient Islamic, invisible, illusion-casting species, who live for centuries, can manifest in any form and travel anywhere instantly. Like the Greek daimon, they are spirits of an intermediate nature between humans and angels.  In the Q’uran it is said that they are an ancient species who were created before humankind from a smokeless fire.

The Djinn have no bodies of their own but are masters of illusory disguise. However because they are made from fire, when the manifest in human form they have flaming eyes, which are set vertically in the head, not horizontally as human eyes are.

Aside from human form certain Djinn also appear in the shape of black dogs, snakes, toads, or black cats. They are considered the cause of violent sandstorms, whirlwinds, and shooting stars.

Although Djinn inhabit ruins, wells, kitchen fireplaces, and public baths, their favorite abode is the desert.  Some believe Djinn live just under the sand in organized towns and only rise to the surface to harass humans. Some have heard music from Djinn “villages” campsites like human nomadic abodes, which suddenly appear and then vanish in the blink of an eye.

When journeying through the Arabian desert it is necessary to call out to the Djinn and ask their permission to pass by. Each place has its own resident spirit, its ancestral genius loci, and one addresses it respectfully. If answered by a sudden whirling pillar of sand, it is wise to turn back at once.

Surem

The Surem is a creature of Yaqui legend. The Yaqui made their dwelling within the Sanoran Desert which ranges along the American-Mexican Border, and is just below the Mojave desert.

The Surem is about 3 feet in height and lived as nomads who did not know sickness or death and who could communicate with animals and plants with which they lived peacefully in the wilds. The little people moved about and carried a lake with them rolled up like a carpet and whenever they needed water or fish, they would unroll the lack and fish in it. The time during which they lived this way was called the yoania: which was in Yoqui lore an ancient, nondual, unitary world when all being was physically interconnected, and enchanted time before the Spanish came, a time that proceeded Christianity.

According to myth the Surem can still be found today living in a concealed parallel universe that remains in the yoania and “uncivilized” world that exists in wilderness, in westlands, and in the scared tale of the Talking Tree which is still told at certain festivals.

The Talking Tree

The Surem were a peaceful people living in ancient times when one day a Tree (some say a stick) began trembling and vibrating and made strange undecipherable noises. The villagers went to seek the help of a young se hamut (wise woman), to act as a kind of oracle, for she understood the unknown language of the Tree and was able to hear its message. Some say it was God who spoke through the Tree, but “God” was unknown to the Surem. The young wise woman told the people that the voice prophesied, the soon there would come an entirely new way of life. It would be brought by people who called themselves padres and they would each the Surem about “good” and “evil” about something called baptism, about marriage and also about cultivation of seeds and with these ideas would also come death to all people and to animals and plants. The villagers listened carefully to the message, and then half of them chose to stay and continue into the future, and half chose to leave before the future came. The two groups held a feast and a dance of farewell as they parted. To this day the place exists, the place of the last dance.

Those who stayed became taller and eventually became Yaquis who married, cultivated the earth, lived and died. The others went underground to form a world of their own. They remained Surem who live to this day in the yoania. Some say they walked into the say and live under it. Other say their world is under the earth. Some became so small they appeared as ants. Some people say they all are seen as ants to this day. The Surem took all their powers with them under the earth and in far-off desert places and caves.

Mulberry St.

The 2008 Horrorfest movies have been out on DVD, and I just watched one last night, called Mulberry St. that did something rather interesting, and well certainly different. It combined elements of the zombie movie, with the “werewolf” concept.

The way the movie was filmed was very much like your typical type zombie movie, though it is hard to explain just what I mean by that, anyone who has seen a zombie movie knows what I mean, and if anyone happens to see this movie you will get what I am saying.

So the movie kind of starts out like a zombie movie, in which there come to be this sudden out break just like instantly, in a manner of a few minutes everything goes to hell in a handbag, and there is no real explanation for just how it all came about but it begins to spread very quickly through the city.

Now the part where it begins to incorporate the sort of “werewolf” concept, is the fact that it is not the undead that the city falls under attack of, but rather, it is rats, that is, the rats began attacking people, and when a person gets bit by a rat, they themselves begin to turn into these rat like creatures. And like with both zombies and werewolves, the “disease” or transformation, is spread through blood or saliva. So if you get bit, than you turn into one yourself.

Now the creatures themselves seem to act more like zombies typically. They seem to rather mindless and just rampantly attacking people, and feeding upon the flesh of people.

So it was an interesting concept.

Lycan Vs. Vampire

An interest has been expressed in Lycan vs. Vampire wars. This is a concept that is very much a modern invention. Historically and Folkloricaly speaking there is no evidence or suggestion of any interaction between Vampires and Werewolves, though they both existed in very much the same time periods. But of course within the modern age, it simply looks cool to pit Lycans against Vampires, and the modern day Werewolf has been dignified and socially refined compared to its historical counterpart. It has been made in a much more intelligent, self-aware creature, with a stronger sense of style, and a much more suave attitude. Well no wonder Vampires are starting to get annoyed, being encroached upon and having their sense of style stolen from them.

Let us first look at the spread, advantages and disadvantages.

Both must relay upon the night: of course the typical vampire can only thrive at night, and the typical werewolf transforms during the night.

Disadvantages of this, in their human guise werewolves can walk during the day, if one should discover a vampires daytime sanctuary it might cause then some problems.

On the other side, the many werewolves in the modern age is given the right to change at will, traditionally speaking the werewolf requires a full moon to transform, so they will only be fit to fight a vampire once a month. While between full moons vampires can hunt them down.

Now while the werewolf has super strength, incredible speed, agility, as well as heightened senses, the Vampire is also given all these traits, as well as in many cases a few extra goodies. Such things include, flight, shape shifting, powers of the will/mind.

While Vampires are of course immortal, Werewolves have regeneration abilities, and instant healing.

Now both can be killed, here the Werewolf might have a slight edge over the Vampire, for the Werewolves only weakness is silver, which according to some legends is also a weakness of Vampires. While Vampires actually have a longer list of repellents, though again some of these have been altered with the modern age, and may not apply for all vampires. Decapitation and fire are a sure way to rid yourself of a Vampire. Though I imagine being decapitated is one thing a Werewolf might not be able to recover from either. In addition, there is the use of holy water against vampires, crucifixes, holy water. None of which have any ill affects upon werewolves. Unless it happened to be a silver cross, which according to some accounts, it has to be to repel vampires. And of course I almost forgot the classic stake in the heart as a sure way to to kill a vampire, while having not affect upon a werewolf.

The feeding habits of the Vampire might work against them. As Werewolves have no special diet, and can spend their day time hours eating, Vampires must feed at night, upon human blood, so while the Werewolves have already nourished themselves, they could begin targeting vampires while they are in their feeding process.

Ok, now that they have been matched up, we can look at some battles between the two.

Of course Underworld is the most noted of these battles in which a society of vampires was pitted against a society of lycans. Which produced, the Lycan-Vampire hybrid. Personally I rather enjoyed the movie. It was a sort of Gothic Romeo and Juliet. It is fun to see just how transferable Shakespeare can be. Though I do not know if he would be proud of it, that is straying from the matter at hand.

Another worthy and noted instance of battle between these two legends was Van Helsing. Another good movie. This clever film combines elements of three popular Gothic classics. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man. The noted vampire slayer ultimately in the end must become a werewolf himself in order to bring down the reign of Dracula.

Now these are the only media sources I can find that deal with the subjected of this pairing and rivalry.

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Truth Behind Lucifer

In this day and age, when Lucifer is brought up, the automatic thought is that of Satan, as the name Lucifer has been adopted as another alias for Satan. But what is the really story behind Lucifer and is he really synonymous with Satan?

The name itself Lucifer translates to “lightbringer” Latin lux “light” and ferre “to bear or bring.” The word Lucifer is found only once in the Bible and only in King James related versions.

Isaiah 14:12: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

In Isaiah 14 the prophet is taunting the king of Babylon: “In the figurative language of the Hebrews, . . . a star, signifies an illustrious king or prince . . . The monarch here referred to, having surpassed all other kings in royal splendour, is compared to the harbinger of day, whose brilliancy surpasses that of the surrounding stars”

Isaiah (14:16) says: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, . . . ?” and (14:18) “All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; but you are cast out . . .” These seem clear references to a man, the king of a nation, not an archangel.

And that is the sole beginning and end of Lucifer’s existence within the Bible. The New Revised Standard Version translates the same passage as “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, Son of Dawn!” In other translations we find: “O shining star of the dawn!” (Moffatt) or “O morning-star, son of the dawn!” (Hebrew Bible). The King James Version is based on the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Jerome. Jerome translated the Hebrew helel (bright or brilliant one) as “lucifer,” which was a reasonable Latin equivalent. And yet it is this lucifer, the bright one or lightbearer, that came to be understood by so many as the name for Satan, Lord of Darkness.

The most popular myth today which states that Lucifer was a beloved angel of God whom that “fell” and was cast out because of his sin of pride, came from the Christian interpretation of this passage of the believed connection between the Isaiah 14:12 passage, and this passage from Luke 10:18:

He said to them, I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.

There are actually passages within the Bible that contradict the idea of Lucifer as Satan. Lucifer is heralded as being the “morning star” or lightbringer. Sometimes the day star, or dawn star. Here are several passages from the bible that mention the “morning star” in a very opposing way to the common view of Lucifer:

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. — 2 Peter 1:19

… from my Father. To the one who conquers I will also give the morning star. — Revelation 2:28

It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. — Revelation 2 2:16
 

 There are also many pre-Christian myths and allegories that include stories about Lucifer, which is the Latin name for the Greek Eosphoros. In his Theogony Hesiod speaks of two divine beings, the brothers Eosphoros (the morning star) and Hesperos (the evening star). They are the children of Astraios (the starry heaven) and Eos (the dawn). The morning star, like the Virgin of the Sea, is one of the titles given to Divine Mother goddesses such as the Roman Venus, the Phoenician Astarte, the Jewish Ashtoreth, and the later Christian Holy Virgin. In the oldest Zoroastrian allegories, Mithra is supposed to have conquered the planet Venus. In the Christian tradition, Michael defeats Lucifer.

Poets also used the word “Lucifer”. Ovid has at least eleven mentions of the Morning Star in his poetry. Virgil wrote:

Luciferi primo cum sidere frigida rura
carpamus, dum mane novum, dum gramina canent
Let us hasten, when first the Morning Star appears,
To the cool pastures, while the day is new, while the grass is dewy

The planet of Venus was also known as Lucifer (lightbringer) because it is the brightest object in the sky after the moon and the sun.   As bright and as brilliant as it is, ancient people couldn’t understand why they couldn’t see it at midnight like the outer planets, or during midday, like the Sun and Moon. It outshines the planets Saturn and Jupiter which do last all night, but soon disappears. It is a theory of some that the ancient peoples came up with stories that Lucifer (Venus) wanted to take over the thrones of the gods Saturn and Jupiter and that is how he came to be cast out of heaven and linked to the sin of pride.

“Morning Star” appears to have been used as a poetic description of Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II in 968. Liutprand, bishop of Cremona, reported the greeting sung to the emperor arriving at Hagia Sophia: “Behold the morning star approaches Eos rises; he reflects in his glances the rays of the sun – he the pale death of the Saracens, Nicephorus the ruler.”