One of the most incredible days of my life was the day I met Mary Sutherland. A prolific researcher and writer, Mary identified and documented the myriad mysteries of the so-called Burlington Vortex, a paranormal hotspot in southeastern Wisconsin, USA.  On that day of wonders, Mary led myself and a group of fellow researchers on a fascinating tour of Burlington by day, then led us into the enigmatic Burlington Forest, a place rife with reports of ghosts, fairies, UFOs and cryptids, giants, and–the topic of this guest blog–Djinn.

I hope you enjoy this intriguing look at one of the most misunderstood phenomena of the paranormal world.


The Mystery of the Djinn


by Mary Sutherland

The first Creation of God were the Angels made from the air, the second creation was the Djinn made from the smokeless flame. and the third creation was Man made from water and clay.

The bible makes mention of them in the story of Solomon and the building of the temple.  Djinn can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have free will like humans and unlike angels.

Genie in English is derived from Latin genius, meant a sort of tutelary or guardian spirit thought to be assigned to each person at their birth. They are usually invisible to humans, but humans do appear clearly to jinn, as they can possess them. Jinn have the power to travel large distances at extreme speeds and are thought to live in remote areas

Given Free Will, the djinn were asked from god to give obedience to Man, his third creation. The Djinn Shaytan (known by the Christian as Satan) and a third of his followers refused to bow to man. Angered, God cast him and his followers out of the heavenly realm and banished them into the earth….thus comes the biblical story of ‘angels’ being cast down from heaven and becoming the ‘fallen angels’.

This is an inaccuracy or a contradiction to the biblical story, telling us that angels were not given ‘free will’, but was created to obey all gods’ commandments and worship him. It was only the djinn and mankind who were created with ‘free will’… so it only makes sense that if this is true, then the fallen ‘angels’ were not angels at all but ‘ djinn’, god’s second creation cast out for disobedience. Thus they fell from god’s grace.

According to the Koran, the Djinn found the women of earth beautiful and impregnated them from which the red haired giants were born.

(You may have missed it, but two of the foremost researchers and authors of books on the Djinn, Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Mary Sutherland managed to create a ‘Djinn Connection’ of their own by finding time to come together in Wisconsin and share some of their theories, photos and stories about the mysterious Djinn. Pictured : Rosemary Ellen Guiley, left, and Mary Sutherland, right)

Even today red haired children are called ‘Djin-jurs’…. or (Gin)gers. The story of the birth of giants in the Koran is very similar to Genesis which tells the same story but uses ‘fallen angels’ as the name instead of Djinn.

The word Jinn (Djinn) is an Arabic word meaning “to hide” or “hidden”. The Jinn are hidden from our sight and are considered to be spiritual beings similar to angels and even demons. The Jinn are mentioned mainly in Islam but also have some links to Christianity, regarding King Solomon and the building of the temple.

In Arabian lore, djinn  are a race of supernaturally empowered beings that have the ability to intervene in the affairs of people. Like the Greek daimones, djinn are self-propagating and can be either good or evil. They can be conjured in magical rites to perform various tasks and services.

A Djinni (singular) appears as a wish-granting “genie” in folk tales such as in The Book of 1001 Nights collection of folk tales.

In Western lore djinn are sometimes equated with demons, but they are not the same. They are often portrayed as having a demonic-like appearance, but they can also appear in beautiful, seductive forms. The djinn are masterful shape-shifters, and their favored forms are snakes and black dogs.  (See image below of a djinn manifesting as a feathered, fiery serpent) They also can masquerade as anything: humans, animals, ghosts, cryptids, and other entities such as extraterrestrials, demons, shadow people, fairies, angels and more.

 The djinn are not confined to the Middle East, or to the past. They exist in their own realm, probably a parallel dimension, and have the ability – and the desire – to enter our world and interact with us. The djinn have been among us in antiquity and they are among us now.

According to another story, Solomon summoned the djinn to his crystal-paved palace, where they sat at tables made of iron. (In folklore, iron weakens supernatural entities.) The Qur’an tells how the king made them work at building palaces, making carpets, and creating ponds, statues and gardens. Whenever Solomon wanted to travel to faraway places, the djinn carried him on their backs.

American troops camped with Jordanian troops for training exercises in Jordan at Baten el Ghoul, which means “Belly of the Beast.”

The Jordanians considered it a haunted valley, where the demons came out at night to murder people. It was not unusual to have one’s sleep interrupted by the screams and howls of frightened Jordanian soldiers who swore in the light of day that they had seen a demon…Baten en Ghoul was a desolate and jagged valley carved out of the desert that spilled over from Saudi Arabia. It was renowned for its spiders.

David Morehouse, a retired remote viewer for the U.S. military, relates in his book Psychic Warrior how a head injury enabled him to have temporary visions of djinn, normally invisible to most people. Morehouse was accidentally shot in the helmet, which left a huge lump on his head. After this, he temporarily experienced seeing the elusive djinn.

He described the conditions as: Sometime in the night, my eyes opened to a surreal light outside the tent. It was like the light of an eclipsed sun and wasn’t coming from any stove. It filled the night sky. The entire Baten en Ghoul and the hills beyond were bathed in the strange bluish gray light; I walked to the edge of the bluff and stared into the valley. Dark figures moved effortlessly across its floor, like apparitions. They poured from the rocks in various heaps and shapes and moved about the clusters of tents. I could hear muffled cries from the Jordanian encampment, and momentarily I thought we were being overrun by thieves or Israelis. Panicked, I turned to run for help.

Colliding with one of the figures, I reflexively closed my eyes, except I didn’t collide. I walked right through it. Turning around I watched the figure disappear over the edge of the bluff. After that, the lump on his head was gone.

Djinn were on the earth before man, but it is unknown for how long. By some accounts, they were created 2000 years before Adam and Eve, and were equal to angels in stature.

When Allah created Adam, he told the angels to bow to him. The angels complied but Iblis, the leader of the djinn  who also had access to heaven, refused, and so he and his kind were cast out of paradise. Iblis appealed to Allah, and the djinn were granted the opportunity to redeem themselves by Judgment Day. I believe that it in this story that we learn of the fallen angels.

Djinn encounters occur everywhere and they may be interpreted as other entities rather than their true selves. This is especially the case in areas where little is known about them. Encounters with angels, fairies, demons, elementals, extraterrestrials, mysterious creatures and ghosts of the dead may be djinn in disguise, either playing tricks or carrying out an agenda.  


In ‘The Book of Enoch’ I found passages that support my theory of the Djinn being what we biblically refer to as the Fallen Angels. 

To tangle the web even more, the Fallen Angels (Djinn) were also given the name “The Watchers”,  Chapter 7  

1 It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. 

 2 And when the ANGELS (3) the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamored of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children. 

( MARY’S NOTE: An Aramaic text reads “Watchers” here (J.T. Milik, Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4 [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976], p. 167). Biblically they were referred to as angels; the Aramaic fragments reference them as WATCHERS.)

In the following we find Samyaza being referred to as the leader of the angels that rebelled against god. If you read any books on Djinn you will realize that this same Samyaza is named as the LEADER OF THE DJINN.  Samyaza was later known in the Christian bible as Satan.  

 The following explains the Djinn’s Rebellion against God and their Fall from Grace.   

 3 Then their leader Samyaza said to them; I fear that you may perhaps be indisposed to the performance of this enterprise; 

4 And that I alone shall suffer for so grievous a crime. 

 5 But they answered him and said; We all swear; 

 6 And bind ourselves by mutual execration, that we will not change our intention, but execute our projected undertaking.  

7 Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon *Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon.   *Upon Ardis…or “in the days of Jared” (R.H. Charles, ed. and trans., The Book of Enoch [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893], p. 63).  

10 Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.

 11 And the women conceiving brought forth giants,

The Greek texts vary considerably from the Ethiopic text here. One Greek manuscript adds to this section, “And they [the women] bore to them [the Watchers] three races–first, the great giants. The giants brought forth [some say “slew”] the Naphelim, and the Naphelim brought forth

the Elioud. And they existed, increasing in power according to their greatness.” See the account in the Book of Jubilees.

12 Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them;

13 When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them;

14 And began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, (8) and to drink their blood. (8) Their flesh one after another. Or, “one another’s flesh.”

R.H. Charles notes that this phrase may refer to the destruction of one class of giants by another (Charles, p. 65).  

Aside from reasoning that other conscious beings must exist in this seemingly infinite universe, and that many have the capacity to visit Earth, we should avoid assumptions about the nature of extraterrestrials. However, we can and should examine the likelihood that deceptive entities known as Djinn have been masquerading as them.

  The Djinn and UFO Research

John Keel called them “Ultraterrestrials”.

Meade Layne knew them as “Etherians”.

Gordon Creighton introduced them to the western world with the ancient and well-known name of “Djinn”.

They’ve also been known as spirits, poltergeists, aliens and elementals.

It is important to know about them. It is absolutely essential to rule them out whenever considering the possible existence and/or presence of extraterrestrials. Why? Because they are the world’s greatest tricksters and their ET charade may be the World’s Greatest Hoax. They have thoroughly contaminated our thinking about extraterrestrials. Some among them pretend to be the embodiments of our science fiction fantasies. Some among them are good, while others are really demonic. The most powerful we call genii, origin for the word genius.

The Djinn concept offers a comprehensive and logical approach to looking at UFO’s, cryptozoology, apparitions, magic, demons, monsters and many other mysteries. It is revelant for exposing much of the simple minded games and satanic mischief which have baffled and misled us throughout history.

 Ignorance and prejudice have prevented the western world from realizing what the wisdom of Islamic culture has to say about these beings. It reads like a textbook description of the UFO phenomenon. It reveals the true nature of new age channeling, poltergeists, spoon bending and other tricks, and so much more. (See image, right of a plasma UFO captured over the woods of Burlington, Wisconsin by Doug Clack and image, below, of a plasma UFO captured above Pine Street in Burlington by Mary Sutherland)

Gordon Creighton has enlightened us with a brilliant essay which deserves serious attention: “A Brief Account of the True Nature of the “UFO Entities”. Gordon Creighton, served as a British Intelligence officer, and his familiarity with oriental culture enabled him to recognize the connection between Djinn and UFOs.

The Djinn are real entities living on this earth which are normally invisible to us. Their bodies are likely composed of what has been described as etheric matter. They don’t live in bottles or adhere to the fairy tales told about them. Human beings are extremely susceptible to the fabrications of the Djinn. We believe what they want us to, because their impressive materializations and deceptions are tailored to fit our fantasies and belief systems.

Their comparative mastery of etheric forces bewilders and impresses us, and has always put us at a severe disadvantage in dealing with them, (plus the fact that we can’t usually see them!).

The more skilled among them have therefore always seemed to us to be gods and wizards. Now in modern times they’ve become the “aliens from a technologically advanced civilization”.

They are usually deceptive in their relationships with us. They are movers behind the UFO mystery as well as many other mysteries. Every culture shows the deep and massive imprints of their influence in our religions and mythologies.

Among all the theories presented to account for the presence of alien beings such as: (1)Intergalactic travel,(2) Travel from the future,(3) Travel from the Inner Earth, and (4)Archetypal projections from the Collective Unconscious, very little consideration is given to the concept that some of them simply exist on the earth in a way that isn’t generally perceptible to us.

We continue to assume that we can perceive everything that is “real” with our 5 senses despite all the evidence to the contrary. An overzealous belief in a science and philosophy of materialism has probably resulted in an irrational amount of faith in our physical senses.

Studying and/or experiencing these Djinn enables a person to accept their existence. Once it is realized that unseen beings exist, it is fascinating to contemplate that there are likely to be inhabitants on other planets who are as hidden to us as the Djinn are! So much life is crammed into a single cubic inch of backyard soil that it is unlikely that the potential inherent in a whole planet is just wasted.

An egocentric, gotta-have-it-all-on-my-terms and see-it-with-my-bare-eyes mindset has probably been the biggest impediment to advances in scientific knowledge. 

Before the invention of the microscope, science denied the existence of microbes. Even though we can’t see radio waves we know they exist. Now we should realize that we aren’t likely to find life on other planets as long as we insist that it must be just like OUR life and apparent to OUR 5 senses.

The Djinn concept challenges us to realize how limited our perceptions are. Things really don’t work quite the way we think they do. Life is an ever deepening mystery! Most of us aren’t comfortable with making that a part of our working hypothesis, but our explorations will be enriched and strengthened if we do.


They are real and they are here!

About Mary Sutherland

Mary Sutherland is a renowned author and researcher into lost civilizations, UFOs, ghosts, fairies, cryptids and, of course, djinn. She identified and documented the Burlington Vortex: an area of mysterious paranormal energy and activity in her native state. Mary is the author of  The Red Haired Giants, Revelations: Truths Revealed, Giants Gods, and Lost Races, Lost in Time: In Search of Ancient Man,  Mysteries of Burlington and Southeastern Wisconsin, Haunted Burlington, Wisconsin and Living in the Light: Believe in the Magic. She is the executive editor and founder of Legends Magazine and, with her husband, Brad, conducts tours of the Burlington Vortex and Burlington Forest.  Mary’s books are available at Amazon.  You may contact Mary at

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