‘An energy, a pulse form of quantum physics perhaps, alive at the margins of sleep or madness, and more often in the whispering of a single unwelcome thought.’ The Economist According to Islamic tradition, Allah created three types of beings: angels, made of light; humans, made of earth; and jinn, made of smokeless fire. Supernatural, shape-shifting, intelligent and blessed with free will and remarkable powers, jinn have over the ages been given many names - demon, spirit, ghoul, genie, ifrit and shaitan. Neither human nor immortal, they roam the earth inhabiting dark and empty places, luring humans to their deaths or demonically possessing them if harmed or offended. Despite the fact they cannot be seen, jinn are said to be strangely human-like - marrying, bearing children, forming communities and tribes, eating, sleeping, playing and facing judgement like any other human. They are ever-present partners in the human experience, causing endless mischief, providing amazing services and sometimes inducing sheer terror. Believed in by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world and from all faiths, jinn have played a particularly central role in the literature, culture and belief systems of the Middle East and the Islamic world. Legends of the Fire Spirits explores through time and across nations the enduring phenomenon of the jinn. From North Africa to Central Asia, from the Mediterranean to sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, this riveting, often chilling, yet reasoned book draws on long-forgotten ancient testimonies, medieval histories, colonial records, anthropologist’s reports and traveller’s tales to explore the different types of jinn, their behaviour, society, culture and long history of contact with humankind. It documents their links with famous figures in history such as King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and illustrates the varied and vivid portrayals of jinn in world literature. In essence Legends of the Fire Spirits demonstrates the colourful diversity of human culture and the durability of faith and is a magnificent and indispensable portrayal of the rich folklore of the Islamic world.
A collection of stories that reveal the personal relationship between the ancient Hawaiian people and all aspects of nature. Includes notes that explain the historical, cultural, and natural context of the legends.
Eight years ago, Donnie Davis' world was ripped apart on his sixth birthdayothe day his mother was killed in Black Lake. His subconscious mind refuses to unlock the terrible events that took place that day and he fears he's the one responsible for her death. His father swears Donnie was miles away when tragedy struck. But what his father swears doesn't match the nightmare that plagues Donnie. That same summer, the sacred burial ground of the Pictaw tribe lay in jeopardy of being desecrated. Business entrepreneurs bought land near the great burial rock with plans to build a resort on the lake. The government refused to stop these men, so the Pictaw chief brought to life the legend of Black Lake. Ne-mu-te, the vicious, sly water spirit once again swam the dark waters. Wasis, the white wolf, keeper of souls, roamed the forest. Now, eight years later, Donnie's quest to find the truth about his mother's death threatens to expose the only weapon Crooked Duck, the Pictaw Indian chief, possesses that can stop the destruction of the Pictaw sacred burial ground.
INDEX PREFACE THE HUDSON AND ITS HILLS RIP VAN WINKLE CATSKILL GNOMES THE CATSKILL WITCH THE REVENGE OF SHANDAKEN CONDEMNED TO THE NOOSE BIG INDIAN THE BAKER'S DOZEN THE DEVIL'S DANCE-CHAMBER. THE CULPRIT FAY POKEPSIE DUNDERBERG ANTHONY'S NOSE MOODUA CREEK A TRAPPER'S GHASTLY VENGEANCE THE VANDERDECKEN OF TAPPAN ZEE THE GALLOPING HESSIAN STORM SHIP OF THE HUDSON WHY SPUYTEN DUYVIL IS SO NAMED THE RAMAPO SALAMANDER CHIEF CROTON THE RETREAT FROM MAHOPAC NIAGARA THE DEFORMED OF ZOAR HORSEHEADS KAYUTA AND WANETA THE DROP STAR THE PROPHET OF PALMYRA A VILLAIN'S CREMATION THE MONSTER MOSQUITOE THE GREEN PICTURE THE NUNS OF CARTHAGE THE SKULL IN THE WALL THE HAUNTED MILL OLD INDIAN FACE THE DIVISION OF THE SARANACS AN EVENT IN INDIAN PARK THE INDIAN PLUME BIRTH OF THE WATER-LILY ROGERS'S SLIDE THE FALLS AT COHOES FRANCIS WOOLCOTT'S NIGHT-RIDERS POLLY'S LOVER CROSBY, THE PATRIOT SPY THE LOST GRAVE OF PAINE THE RISING OF GOUVERNEUR MORRIS THE ISLE OF MANHATTOES AND NEARBY DOLPH HEYLIGER THE KNELL AT THE WEDDING ROISTERING DIRCK VAN DARA THE PARTY FROM GIBBET ISLAND MISS BRITTON'S POKER THE DEVIL'S STEPPING-STONES THE SPRINGS OF BLOOD AND WATER THE CRUMBLING SILVER THE CORTELYOU ELOPEMENT VAN WEMPEL'S GOOSE THE WEARY WATCHER THE RIVAL FIDDLERS WYANDANK MARK OF THE SPIRIT HAND THE FIRST LIBERAL CHURCH ON AND NEAR THE DELAWARE THE PHANTOM DRAGOON DELAWARE WATER GAP THE PHANTOM DRUMMER THE MISSING SOLDIER OF VALLEY FORGE THE LAST SHOT AT GERMANTOWN A BLOW IN THE DARK THE TORY'S CONVERSION LORD PERCY'S DREAM SAVED BY THE BIBLE PARRICIDE OF THE WISSAHICKON THE BLACKSMITH AT BRANDYWINE FATHER AND SON THE ENVY OF MANITOU THE LAST REVEL IN PRINTZ HALL THE TWO RINGS FLAME SCALPS OF THE CHARTIERS THE CONSECRATION OF WASHINGTON TALES OF PURITAN LAND EVANGALINE THE SNORING OF SWUNKSUS THE LEWISTON HERMIT THE DEAD SHIP OF HARPSWELL THE SCHOOLMASTER HAD NOT REACHED ORRINGTON. JACK WELCH'S DEATH LIGHT THE LADY URSULA FATHER MOODY'S BLACK VEIL THE HOME OF THUNDER THE PARTRIDGE WITCH THE MARRIAGE OF MOUNT KATAHDIN THE MOOSE OF MOUNT KINEO THE OWL TREE A CHESTNUT LOG THE WATCHER ON WHITE ISLAND CHOCORUA PASSACONAWAY'S RIDE TO HEAVEN THE BALL GAME BY THE SACO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS THE VISION ON MOUNT ADAMS THE GREAT CARBUNCLE SKINNER'S CAVE YET THEY CALL IT LOVER'S LEAP SALEM AND OTHER WITCHCRAFT THE GLOUCESTER LEAGUERS SATAN AND HIS BURIAL-PLACE PETER RUGG, THE MISSING MAN THE LOSS OF WEETAMOO THE FATAL FORGET-ME-NOT THE OLD MILL AT SOMERVILLE EDWARD RANDOLPH'S PORTRAIT LADY ELEANORE'S MANTLE HOWE'S MASQUERADE OLD ESTHER DUDLEY THE LOSS OF JACOB HURD THE HOBOMAK BERKSHIRE TORIES THE REVENGE OF JOSIAH BREEZE THE MAY-POLE OF MERRYMOUNT THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER THE GRAY CHAMPION THE FOREST SMITHY WAHCONAH FALLS KNOCKING AT THE TOMB THE WHITE DEER OF ONOTA WIZARD'S GLEN BALANCED ROCK SHONKEEK-MOONKEEK THE SALEM ALCHEMIST ELIZA WHARTON SALE OF THE SOUTHWICKS THE COURTSHIP OF MYLES STANDISH MOTHER CREWE AUNT RACHEL'S CURSE NIX'S MATE THE WILD MAN OF CAPE COD NEWBURY'S OLD ELM SAMUEL SEWALL'S PROPHECY THE SHRIEKING WOMAN AGNES SURRIAGE SKIPPER IRESON'S RIDE HEARTBREAK HILL HARRY MAIN: THE TREASURE AND THE CATS THE WESSAGUSCUS HANGING THE UNKNOWN CHAMPION GOODY COLE GENERAL MOULTON AND THE DEVIL THE SKELETON IN ARMOR MARTHA'S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET LOVE AND TREASON THE HEADLESS SKELETON OF SWAMPTOWN THE CROW AND CAT OF HOPKINSHILL THE OLD STONE MILL ORIGIN OF A NAME MICAH ROOD APPLES A DINNER AND ITS CONSEQUENCES THE NEW HAVEN STORM SHIP THE WINDAM FROGS THE LAMB OF SACRIFICE MOODUS NOISES HADDAM ENCHANTMENTS BLOCK ISLAND AND THE PALATINE THE BUCCANEER ROBERT LOCKWOOD'S FATE LOVE AND RUM LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF THE SOUTH THE SWIM AT INDIAN HEAD THE MOANING SISTERS A RIDE FOR A BRIDE SPOOKS OF THE HIAWASSEE LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP THE BARGE OF DEFEAT NATURAL BRIDGE THE SILENCE BROKEN SIREN OF THE FRENCH BROAD THE HUNTER OF CALAWASSEE REVENGE OF THE ACCABEE TOCCOA FALLS TWO LIVES FOR ONE A GHOSTLY AVENGER THE WRAITH RINGER OF ATLANTA THE SWALLOWING EARTHQUAKE LAST STAND OF THE BILOXI THE SACRED FIRE OF NACHEZ PASS CHRISTIAN THE UNDER LAND THE CENRAL STATES AND THE GREAT LAKES AN AVERTED PERIL THE OBSTINACY OF SAINT CLAIR THE HUNDREDTH SKULL THE CRIME OF BLACK SWAMP THE HOUSE ACCURSED MICHEL DE COUCY'S TROUBLES WALLEN'S RIDGE THE SKY WALKER OF HURON THE COFFIN OF SNAKES MACKINACK LAKE SUPERIOR WATER GODS THE WITCH OF PICTURED ROCKS THE ORIGIN OF WHITE-FISH THE SPIRIT OF CLOUDY THE SUN FIRE AT SAULT SAINTE MARIE THE SNAKE GOD OF BELLE ISLE WERE-WOLVES OF DETROIT THE ESCAPE OF FRANCOIS NAVARRE THE OLD LODGER THE NAIN ROUGE TWO REVENGES HIAWATHA THE INDIAN MESSIAH THE VISION OF RESCUE DEVIL'S LAKE THE KEUSCA ELOPEMENT PIPESTONE THE VIRGINS' FEAST FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY FLYING SHADOW AND TRACK MAKER SAVED BY A LIGHTNING-STROKE THE KILLING OF CLOUDY SKY PROVIDENCE HOLE THE SCARE CURE TWELFTH NIGHT AT CAHOKIA THE SPELL OF CREVE CIUR LAKE HOW THE CRIME WAS REVEALED BANSHEE OF THE BAD LANDS STANDING ROCK THE SALT WITCH ALONG THE ROCKY RANGE OVER THE DIVIDE THE PHANTOM TRAIN OF MARSHALL PASS THE RIVER OF LOST SOULS RIDERS OF THE DESERT THE DIVISION OF TWO TRIBES BESIEGED BY STARVATION A YELLOWSTONE TRAGEDY THE BROAD HOUSE THE DEATH WALTZ THE FLOOD AT SANTA FE GODDESS OF SALT THE COMING OF THE NAVAJOS THE ARK ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS THE PALE FACED LIGHTNING THE WEIRD SENTINEL AT SQUAW PEAK SACRIFICE OF THE TOLTECS TA-VWOTS CONQUERS THE SUN THE COMANCHE RIDER HORNED TOAD AND GIANTS THE SPIDER TOWER THE LOST TRAIL A BATTLE IN THE AIR ON THE PACIFIC COAST THE VOYAGER OF WHULGE TAMANOUS OF TACOMA THE DEVIL AND THE DALLES CASCADES OF THE COLUMBIA THE DEATH OF UMATILLA HUNGER VALLEY THE WRATH OF MANITOU THE SPOOK OF MISERY HILL THE QUEEN OF DEATH VALLEY BRIDAL VEIL FALL THE GOVERNOR'S RIGHT EYE THE PRISONER IN AMERICAN SHAFT AS TO BURIED RICHES KIDD'S TREASURE OTHER BURIED WEALTH STORIED WATERS, CLIFFS AND MOUNTAINS MONSTERS AND SEA-SERPENTS STONE-THROWING DEVILS STORIED SPRINGS LOVERS' LEAPS GOD ON THE MOUNTAINS
In 1886 Walter McClintock went to northwestern Montana as a member of a U.S. Forest Service expedition. He was adopted as a son by Chief Mad Dog, the high priest of the Sun Dance, and spent the next four years living on the Blackfoot Reservation. The Old North Trail, originally published in 1910, is a record of his experiences among the Blackfeet.