THE FAIRY MYTHOLOGY
All human beings must in beauty yield
To you; a Peri I have ne'er beheld.
The pure and simple religion of ancient Persia, originating,
it is said, with a pastoral and hunting race among the lofty hills of Aderbijān, or, as others
think, in the elevated plains of Bactria, in a region where light appears in all its splendour,
took as its fundamental principle the opposition between light and darkness, and viewed that
opposition as a conflict. Light was happiness; and the people of Iran, the land of light, were
the favourites of Heaven; while those of Turān, the gloomy region beyond the mountains to the
north, were its enemies. In the realms of supernal light sits enthroned Ormuzd, the first-born
of beings; around him are the six Amshaspands, the twenty-eight Izeds, and the countless myriads
of Ferohers.2 In the opposite kingdom of darkness Aherman is supreme, and his throne
is encompassed by the six Arch-Deevs, and the numerous hosts of inferior Deevs. Between these
rival powers ceaseless warfare prevails; but at the end the prince of darkness will be subdued,
and peace and happiness prevail beneath the righteous sway of Ormuzd.
From this sublime system of religion probably arose the Peri-3 or
Fairy-system of modern Persia; and thus what was once taught by sages, and believed by monarchs,
has shared the fate of everything human, and has sunk from its pristine rank to become the
material and the machinery of poets and romancers. The wars waged by the fanatical successors of
the Prophet, in which literature was confounded with idolatry, have deprived us of the means of
judging of this system in its perfect form; and in what has been written respecting the Peries
and their country since Persia has received the law of Mohammed, the admixture of the tenets
and ideas of Islam is evidently perceptible. If, however, Orientalists be right in their
interpretation of the name of Artaxerxes' queen, Parisatis, as Pari-zadeh4 (Peri-born),
the Peri must be coeval with the religion of Zoroaster.
The Peries and Deevs of the modern Persians answer to the good and evil Jinn of
the Arabs, of whose origin and nature we shall presently give an account. The same Suleymans
ruled over them as over the Jinn, and both alike were punished for disobedience. It is difficult
to say which is the original; but when we recollect in how much higher a state of culture the
Persians were than the Arabs, and how well this view accords with their ancient system of
religion, we shall feel inclined to believe that the Arabs were the borrowers, and that by
mingling with the Persian system ideas derived from the Jews, that one was formed by them which
is now the common property of all Moslems.
In like manner we regard the mountains of Kāf, the abode alike of Jinn and of Peries
and Deevs, as having belonged originally to Persian geography. The fullest account of it
appears in the Persian romance of Hatim Taļ5, the hero of which often visited its
regions. From this it would seem that this mountain-range was regarded as, like that of the
ancient Greek cosmology, surrounding the flat circular earth like a ring, or rather like the
bulwarks of a ship, outside of which flowed the ocean; while some Arab authorities make it to
lie beyond, and to enclose the ocean as well as the earth.6 It is said to be composed
of green chrysolite, the reflection of which gives its greenish tint to the sky. According to
some, its height is two thousand English miles.
Jinnestan is the common appellation of the whole of this ideal region. Its
respective empires were divided into many kingdoms, containing numerous provinces and cities.
Thus in the Peri-realms we meet with the luxuriant province of Shad-u-kām (Pleasure and
Delight), with its magnificent capital Juherabid (Jewel-city), whose two kings solicited the
aid of Cahermān against the Deevs7, and also the statelyAmberabād (Amber-city), and
others equally splendid. The metropolis of the Deev-empire is named Ahermanabād (Aherman's
city); and imagination has lavished its stores in the description of the enchanted castle, palace,
and gallery of the Deev monarch, Arzshenk.
The Deevs and Peries wage incessant war with each other. Like mankind, they are
subject to death, but after a much longer period of existence; and, though far superior
to man in power, they partake of his sentiments and passions.
We, are told that when the Deevs in their wars make prisoners of the Peries, they
shut them up in iron cages, and hang them from the tops of the highest trees, exposed to every
gaze and to every chilling blast. Here their companions visit them, and bring them the choicest
odours to feed on; for the ethereal Peri lives on perfume, which has moreover the property of
repelling the cruel Deevs, whose malignant nature is impatient of fragrance.8
When the Peries are unable to withstand their foes, they solicit the aid of some
mortal hero. Enchanted arms and talismans enable him to cope with the gigantic Deevs, and he
is conveyed to Jinnestān on the back of some strange and wonderful animal. His adventures in
that country usually furnish a wide field for poetry and romance to expatiate in.
The most celebrated adventurer in Jinnestān was Tahmuras, surnamed Deev-bend
(Deev-binder)9, one of the ancient kings of Persia. The Peries sent him a splendid
embassy, and the Deevs, who dreaded him, despatched another. Tahmuras, in doubt how to act,
consults the wonderful bird Seemurgh10, who speaks all languages, and whose knowledge
embraces futurity. She advises him to aid the Peries, warns him of the dangers he has to
encounter, and discloses his proper line of action. She further offers to convey him to Jinnestān,
and plucks some feathers from her breast, with which the Persian monarch adorns his helmet.
Mounted on the Seemurgh, and bracing on his arm the potent buckler of
Jān-ibn-Jān11, Tahmuras crosses the abyss impassable to unaided mortality. The vizier
Imlān, who had headed the Deev embassy, deserting his original friends, had gone over to Tahmuras,
and through the magic arts of the Deev, and his own daring valour, the Persian hero defeats the
Deev-king Arzshenk. He next vanquishes a Deev still more fierce, named Demrush, who dwelt in a
gloomy cavern, surrounded by piles of wealth plundered from the neighbouring realms of Persia
and India. Here Tahmuras finds a fair captive, the Peri Merjan12, whom Demrush had
carried off, and whom her brothers, Dāl Peri and Milān Shāh Peri, had long sought in vain.
He chains the Deev in the centre of the mountain, and at the suit of Merjan hastens to attack
another powerful Deev named Houndkonz; but here, alas! fortune deserts him, and, maugre his
talismans and enchanted arms, the gallant Tahmuras falls beneath his foe.
The great Deev-bend, or conqueror of Deevs, of the Shāh-Nāmeh13 is the
illustrious Roostem. In the third of his Seven Tables or adventures, on his way to relieve the
Shāh Ky-Caoos, whom the artifice of a Deev had led to Mazenderan, where he was in danger of
perishing, he encounters in the dark of the night a Deev named Asdeev, who stole on him in a
dragon's form as he slept. Twice the hero's steed, Reksh, awoke him, but each time the Deev
vanished, and Roostem was near slaying his good steed for giving him false alarm. The third
time he saw the Deev and slew him after a fearful combat. He then pursued his way to the cleft
in the mountain in which abode the great Deev Sefeed, or White Deev. The seventh Table brought
him to where lay an army of the Deev Sefeed's Deevs, commanded by Arzshenk, whose head he struck
off, and put his troops to flight. At length he reached the gloomy cavern of the Deev Sefeed
himself, whom he found asleep, and scorning the advantage he awoke him, and after a terrific
combat deprived him also of life.
Many years after, when Ky-Khosroo sat on the throne, a wild ass of huge size, his
skin like the sun, and a black stripe along his back, appeared among the royal herds and
destroyed the horses. It was supposed to be the Deev Akvān, who was known to haunt an adjacent
spring. Roostem went in quest of him; on the fourth day he found him and cast his noose at him,
but the Deev vanished. He re-appeared; the hero shot at him, but he became again invisible.
Roostem then let Reksh graze, and laid him to sleep by the fount. As he slept, Akvān came and
flew up into the air with him; and when he awoke, he gave him his choice of being let fall on
the mountains or the sea. Roostem secretly chose the latter, and to obtain it he pretended to
have heard that he who was drowned never entered paradise. Akvān thereupon let him fall into the
sea, from which he escaped, and returning to the fount, he there met and slew the Deev. Roostem's
last encounter with Deevs was with Akvān's son, Berkhyas, and his army, when he went to deliver
Peshen from the dry well in which he was confined by Afrasiāb. He slew him and two-thirds of
his troops. Berkhyas is described as being a mountain in size, his black, his body covered with
hair, his neck like that of a dragon, two boar's tusks from his mouth, his eyes wells of blood,
his hair bristling like needles, his height 140 ells,his breadth 17, pigeons nestling in his
snaky locks. Akvān had a head like an elephant.
In the Hindoo-Persian Bahar Danush (Garden of Knowledge) of Ynāyet-ūllah, written
in India A.D. 1650,14 we find the following tale of the Peries, which has a surprising
resemblance to European legends hereafter to be noticed.15
The son of a merchant in a city of Hindostan,
having been driven from his father's house on account of his undutiful conduct,
assumed the garb of a Kalenderee or wandering Derweesh, and left his native town.
On the first day of his travels, being overcome with fatigue before he reached any
place of rest, he went off the high road and sat down at the foot of a tree by a
piece of water: while he sat there, he saw at sunset four doves alight from a tree
on the edge of the pond, and resuming their natural form (for they, were Peries)
take off their clothes and amuse themselves by bathing in the water. He immediately
advanced softly, took up their garments, without being seen, and concealed them in the hollow of a tree, behind which he placed himself. The Peries when they came out of the water and missed their clothes were distressed beyond measure. They ran about on all
sides looking for them, but in vain. At length, finding the young man and judging
that he had possessed himself of them, they implored him to restore them. He would
only consent on one condition, which was that one of them should become his wife. The Peries asserted that such a union was impossible between them whose bodies were
formed of fire and a mortal who was composed of clay and water; but he persisted, and selected the one which was the youngest and handsomest. They were at last obliged to consent, and having endeavoured to console their sister, who shed copious floods of
tears at the idea of parting with them and spending her days with one of the sons
of Adam; and having received their garments, they took leave of her and flew away.
The young merchant then led home his fair bride and clad her magnificently; but he took care to bury her Peri-raiment in a secret place, that she might not be
able to leave him. He made every effort to gain her affections, and at length
succeeded in his object, "she placed her foot in the path of regard, and her head
on the carpet of affection." She bore him children, and gradually began to take
pleasure in the society of his female relatives and neighbours. All doubts of her
affection now vanished from his mind, and be became assured of her love and attachment.
At the end of ten years the merchant became embarrassed in his circumstances, and he found it necessary to undertake a long voyage. He committed the Peri to the
care of an aged matron in whom he had the greatest confidence, and to whom he
revealed the secret of her real nature, and showed the spot where he had concealed
her raiment. He then "placed the foot of departure in the stirrup of travel," and
set out on his journey. The Peri was now overwhelmed with sorrow for his absence, or
for some more secret cause, and continually uttered expressions of regret. The old woman sought to console her, assuring her that "the dark night of absence would soon come
to an end, and the bright dawn of interview gleam from the horizon of divine
bounty." One day when the Peri had bathed, and was drying her amber-scented tresses
with a corner of her veil, the woman burst out into expressions of admiration at her dazzling beauty. "Ah, nurse," replied she, "though you think my present charms great,
yet had you seen me in my native raiment, you would have witnessed what beauty and
grace the Divine Creator has bestowed upon Peries; for that we are among the most
finished portraits on the tablets of existence. If then thou desirest to behold the
skill of the divine artist, and admire the wonders of creation bring the robes which
my husband has kept concealed, that I may wear them for an instant, and show thee
my native beauty, the like of which no human eye, but my lord's, hath gazed upon."
The simple woman assented, and fetched the robes and presented them to the Peri. She put them on, and then, like a bird escaped from the cage, spread her wings,
and, crying Farewell, soared to the sky and was seen no more. When the merchant
returned from his voyage "and found no signs of the rose of enjoyment on the tree
of hope, but the lamp of bliss extinguished in the chamber of felicity, he became as
one Peri-stricken16, a recluse in the cell of madness. Banished from the
path of understanding, he remained lost to all the bounties of fortune and the useful purposes of life."
The Peri has been styled "the fairest creation of poetical imagination." No description can equal the beauty of the female Peri,17 and the highest compliment a Persian poet can pay a lady is to liken her to one of these lovely aerial beings18. Thus Sādee, in the lines prefixed to this section, declares that only the beauty of a Peri can be compared with that of the fair one he addresses; and more lately, Aboo Taleeb Khān says to Lady Elgin, as he is translated by M. von Hammer,19
The sun, the moon, the Peries, and mankind,
Compared with you, do far remain behind;
For sun and moon have never form so mild,
The Peries have, but roam in deserts wild.
Sir W. Ouseley is at a loss what to compare them to. They do not, he thinks, resemble the Angels, the Cherubim and Seraphim of the Hebrews, the Daemons of the Platonists, or the Genii of the Romans; neither do they accord with the Houri of the Arabs. Still less do they agree with the Fairies of Shakspeare; for though fond of fragrance, and living on that sweet essential food, we never find them employed in
Killing cankers in the musk-rose buds,
To serve the fairy queen
To dew her orbs upon the green.
Neither is their stature ever represented so diminutive as to make key-holes
pervious to their flight, or the bells of flowers their habitations. But Milton's
sublime idea of a 'faery vision,' he thinks, corresponds more nearly with what the Persian poets have conceived of the Peries.
Their port was more than human, as they stood;
I took it for a faery vision
Of some gay creatures of the element
That in the colours of the rainbow live
And play i' the plighted clouds. I was awestruck,
And as I pass'd I worshipp'd. - Comus
"I can venture to affirm," concludes Sir William gallantly, "that he will entertain a pretty just idea of a Persian Peri, who shall fig his eyes on the charms of a beloved and beautiful mistress."
If poetic imagination exhausted itself in pourtraying the beauty of the Peries, it was no less strenuous in heaping attributes of deformity on the Deevs. They may well vie in ugliness with the devils of our forefathers. "At Lahore, in the Mogul's palace," says William Finch, "are pictures of Dews, or Dives, intermixed in most ugly shapes, with long horns, staring eyes, shaggy hair, great fangs, ugly paws, long tails, with such horrible difformity and deformity, that I wonder the poor women are not frightened therewith."20
Such then is the Peri-system of the Mohammedan Persians, in which the influence of Islam is clearly perceptible, the very names of their fabled country and its kings being Arabic. Had we it as it was before the Arabs forced their law on Persia, we should doubtless find it more consistent in all its parts, more light, fanciful, and etherial.
The Prophet is the centre round which every thing connected
with Arabia revolves. The period preceding his birth is regarded and designated as the times
of ignorance, and our knowledge of the ancient Arabian mythology comprises little more than he
has been pleased to transmit to us. The Arabs, however, appear at no period of their history to
have been a people addicted to fanciful invention. Their minds are acute and logical, and their
poetry is that of the heart rather than of the fancy. They dwell with fondness on the joys and
pairs of love, and with enthusiasm describe the courage and daring deeds of warriors, or in
moving strains pour forth the plaintive elegy; but for the description of gorgeous palaces and
fragrant gardens, or for the wonders of magic, they are indebted chiefly to their Persian
What classes of beings the popular creed may have recognised before the establishment
of Islām we have no means of ascertaining.22 The Suspended Poems, and Antar, give us
little or no information; we only know that the tales of Persia were current among them, and
were listened to with such avidity as to rouse the indignation of the Prophet. We must, therefore,
quit the tents of the Bedoween, and the valleys of 'Araby the Blest,' and accompany the khaleefehs
to their magnificent capital on the Tigris, whence emanated all that has thrown such a halo of
splendour around the genius and language of Arabia. It is in this seat of empire that we must
look to meet with the origin of the marvels of Arabian literature.
Transplanted to a rich and fertile soil, the sons of the desert speedily abandoned
their former simple mode of life; and the court of Bagdad equalled or surpassed in magnificence
any thing that the East has ever witnessed. Genius, whatever its direction, was encouraged and
rewarded, and the musician and the story-teller shared with the astronomer and historian the
favour of the munificent khaleefehs. The tales which had amused the leisure of the Shahpoors
and Yezdejirds were not disdained by the Haroons and Almansoors. The expert narrators altered
them so as to accord with the new faith. And it was thus, probably, that the delightful Thousand
and One Nights23 were gradually produced and modified.
As the Genii or Jinn24 are prominent actors in these tales, where they
take the place of the Persian Peries and Deevs, we will here give some account of them.
According to Arabian writers, there is a species of beings named Jinn or Jān
(Jinnee m., Jinniyeh f. sing.), which were created and occupied the earth
several thousand years before Adam. A tradition from the Prophet says that they were formed of
"smokeless fire," i.e. the fire of the wind Simoom. They were governed by a succession of forty,
or, as others say, seventy-two monarchs; named Suleyman, the last of whom, called Jān-ibn-Jān,
built the Pyramids of Egypt. Prophets were sent from time to time to instruct and admonish
them; but on their continued disobedience, an army of angels appeared, who drove them from the
earth to the regions of the islands, making many prisoners, and slaughtering many more. Among
the prisoners, was a young Jinnee, named 'Azāzeel, or El-Hārith (afterwards called Iblees, from
his despair), who grew up among the angels, and became at last their chief. When Adam was
created, God commanded the angels to worship him; and they all obeyed except Iblees, who, for his
disobedience, was turned into a Sheytān or Devil, and he became the father of the
The Jinn are not immortal; they are to survive mankind, but to die before the
general resurrection. Even at present many of them are slain by other Jinn, or by men; but
chiefly by shooting-stars hurled at them from Heaven. The fire of which they were created,
circulates in their veins instead of blood, and when they receive a mortal wound, it bursts
forth and consumes them to ashes. They eat and drink, and propagate their species. Sometimes
they unite with human beings, and the offspring partakes of the nature of both parents. Some
of the Jinn are obedient to the will of God, and believers in the Prophet, answering to the
Peries of the Persians; others are like the Deevs, disobedient and malignant. Both kinds are
divided into communities, and ruled over by princes. They have the power to make themselves
visible and invisible at pleasure. They can assume the form of various animals, especially
those of serpents, cats, and dogs. When they appear in the human form, that of the good Jinnee
is usually of great beauty; that of the evil one, of hideous deformity, and sometimes of
When the Zōba'ah, a whirlwind that raises the sand in the form of a pillar of
tremendous height, is seen sweeping over the desert, the Arabs, who believe it to be caused
by the flight of an evil Jinnee, cry, Iron! Iron! (Hadeed! Hadeed!) or Iron! thou unlucky one!
(Hadeed! yį meshoom!) of which metal the Jinn are believed to have a great dread. Or else they
cry, God is most great! (Allāhu akbar!) They do the same when they see a water-spout at sea;
for they assign the same cause to its origin.26
The chief abode of the Jinn of both kinds is the Mountains of Kāf, already described.
But they also are dispersed through the earth, and they occasionally take up their residence in
baths, wells, latrines, ovens, and. ruined houses.27
They also frequent the sea and rivers, cross-roads, and market-places. They ascend
at times to the confines of the lowest heaven, and by listening there to the conversation of
the angels, they obtain some knowledge of futurity, which they impart to those men who, by means
of talismans or magic arts, have been able to reduce them to obedience.28
The following are anecdotes of the Jinn, given by historians of eminence.29
It is related, says El-Kasweenee, by a certain narrator of traditions, that he
descended into a valley with his sheep, and a wolf carried off a ewe from among them; and he
arose and raised his voice, and cried, "O inhabitant of the valley!" whereupon he heard a voice
saying, "O wolf, restore him his sheep!" and the wolf came with the ewe and left her, and departed.
Ben Shohnah relates, that in the year 456 of the Hejra, in the reign of Kaiem, the
twenty-sixth khaleefeh of the house of Abbas, a report was raised in Bagdad, which immediately
spread throughout the whole province of Irak, that some Turks being out hunting saw in the
desert a black tent, beneath which there was a number of people of both sexes, who were beating
their cheeks, and uttering loud cries, as is the custom in the East when any one is dead. Amidst
their cries they heard these words - The great king of the Jinn is dead, woe to this
country! and then there came out a great troop of women, followed by a number of other
rabble, who proceeded to a neighbouring cemetery, still beating themselves in token of grief
The celebrated historian Ebn Athir relates, that when he was at Mosul on the Tigris,
in the year 600 of the Hejra, there was in that country an epidemic disease of the throat and it
was said that a woman, of the race of the Jinn, having lost her son, all those who did not condole
with her on account of his death were attacked with that disease; so that to be cured of it men
and women assembled, and with all their strength cried out, O mother of Ankood, excuse us
Ankood is dead, and we did not mind it!
1. See D'Herbelot, Richardson's Dissertation, Ouseley's Persian
Miscellanies, Wahl in the Mines de l'Orient, Lane, Thousand and One Nights, Forbes, Hatim Tai,
2. Ormuzd employed himself for three thousand years in making the heavens and their celestial
inhabitants, the Ferohers, which are the angels and the unembodied souls of all intelligent beings.
All nature is filled with Ferohers, or guardian angels, who watch over its various departments,
and are occupied in performing their various tasks for the benefit of mankind.- Erskine on
the Sacred Books and Religion of the Parsis, in the Transactions of the Literary Society of
Bombay, vol. ii. p. 318. The Feroher bears in fact a very strong resemblance to the Genius
of the ancient Roman religion: see our Mythology of Greece and Italy
3. This word is pronounced Perry or rather Parry.
4. Hence it follows that the very plausible idea of the Peri having been the same with the Feroher
cannot be correct.
5. Translated by Mr. Duncan Forbes. It is to be regretted that he has employed the terms
Fairies and Demons instead of Peries and Deevs.
6. See Lane, Thousand and One Nights, i. p. 21, seq.
7. The Cahermān Nāmeh is a romance in Turkish. Cahermān was the father of Sām, the
grandfather of the celebrated Roostem.
8. It is to the Cahermān Nāmeh that this circumstance occurs.
9. The Tahmuras Nāmeh is also in Turkish. It and the Cahermān Nāmeh are probably translations
from the Persian. As far as we are aware, Richardson is the only orientalist who mentions these
10. It signifies ' thirty birds,' and is thought to be one of the Arabs. The poet Sādee, to
express the bounty of the Almighty says
His liberal hoard he spreadeth out so wide.
On Kāf the Seemurgh is with food supplied.
The Seemurgh probably belongs to the original mythology of Persia. for she appears in the early
part of the Shāh Nāmeh. When Zāl was born to Sām Nerimān, his hair proved to be white. The
father regarding this as a proof of Deev origin, resolved to expose him, and sent him for that
purpose to Mount Elburz. Here the poor babe lay crying and sucking his fingers till he was
found by the Seemurgh, who abode on the summit of Elburz, as sue was looking for food for her
young ones. But God put pity into her heart, and she took him to her nest and reared him with
her young. As he grew up, the caravans that passed by, spread the fame of his beauty and his
strength, and a vision having informed Sām that he was his son, he set out for Elburz to claim
him from the Seemurgh. It was with grief that Zāl quitted the maternal nest. The Seemurgb, when
parting with her foster-son, gave him one of her feathers, and bade him, whenever he should he in
trouble or danger, to cast it into the fire, and he would have proof of her power; and she charged
him at the same time strictly never to forget his nurse.
11. See Arabian Romance.
12. a pearl. Life, soul also, according to Wilkins.
13. Ferdousee's great heroic poem. It is remarkable that the Peries are very rarely spoken of in
this poem. They merely appear in it with the birds and beasts among the subjects of the first
14. Chap. xx. translation of Jonathan Scott, 1799.
15. See below, Shetland.
16. i. e. possessed, insane.
17. It must be recollected that the Peries are of both sexes: we have just spoken of
Peri kings, and of the brothers of Merjan.
18. In the Shāh Nāmeh it is said of Prince Siyawush, that when he was born he was bright as
a Peri. We find the poets everywhere comparing female beauty to that of superior beings.
The Greeks and Romans compared a lovely woman to Venus, Diana, or the nymphs; the Persians to a
Peri; the ancient Scandinavians would say she was Frith sem Alfkone, "fair as an Alf-woman;" and
an Anglo-Saxon poet says of Judith that she was Elf-sheen, or fair as an Elf. In the Lay of
Gugemer it is said,
Dedenz la Dame unt trovée
Ki de biauté resanbloit Fée.
The same expression occurs in Meon (3, 412) ; and in the Romant de la Rose we meet, jure que
plus belle est que fée (10, 425). In the Pentamerone it is said of a king's son, lo quale
essenno bello comme a no fato.
19. Mines de l'Orient, vol. iii. p. 40. To make his version completely English, M. von Hammer
uses the word Fairies ; we have ventured to change it.
20. In Purchas' Pilgrims, vol. i., quoted by Sir W. Ouseley.
21. Compare Antar and the Suspended Poems (translated by Sir W. Jones)
with the later Arabic works. Antar, though written by Asmai the court-poet of Haroon-er-Rasheed,
gives the manners and ideas of the Arabs of the Desert.
22. The Jinn are mentioned in the Kurin and also in Antar.
23. See Tales and Popular Fictions, p. 37, seq. Lane, Thousand and One Nights, passim.
24. Genius and Jinn, like Fairy and Peri, is a curious coincidence. The Arabian Jinnee bears no
resemblance whatever to the Roman Genius.
25. " When we said unto the Angels, Worship ye Adam, and they worshiped except lblees (who) was
of the Jinn."-Kurān. chap. xviii. v. 48. Worship is here prostration. The reply of Iblees was,
"Thou bast created me of fire, and hast created him of earth. "-Ib. vii. 11; xxxviii. 77.
26. It was the belief of the Irish peasantry, that whirlwinds of dust on the roads were raised
by the Fairies, who were then on a journey. On such occasions, unlike the Arabs, they used to
raise their hats and say, " God speed you, gentlemen!" For the power of iron, see Scandinavia.
27. The Arabs when they pour water on the ground, let down a bucket into a well, enter a bath,
etc., say, "Permission!" (Destoor!) or, Permission, ye blessed! (Destoor, yį mubārakeen!)
28. For the preceding account of the Jinn, we are wholly indebted to Lane's valuable translation
of the Thousand and One Nights, i. 30, seq.
29. The first is given by Lane, the other two by D'Herbelot.