Dark Aladdin Theory Reveals Why Freeing Genie Was Dangerously Irresponsible
Jinns are ancient beings with free will, great power, and a tendency to trickery. This could make them mischievous at best and malicious at worst.
Jafar sent Aladdin to the Cave of Wonders because his previous pawns lacked the ability to collect the prize inside. He not only knew the location of the cave, probably through extensive study of ancient texts and oral history, but also the singular treasure at its heart, the Genie of the Lamp. As a scholarly scholar, Jafar had probably prepared for all eventualities associated with bartering with the Lamp dweller. Aladdin, on the other hand, had no idea what lay beneath its coppery surface.
Ignorance, contrary to the cliché, is often not happy, and Aladdin’s lack of knowledge of the Genie could have had disastrous consequences. Jafar’s rise to genius indicated as much since anyone who found his dark vessel was likely to be initiating a battle of wills with the odds against them. One of the things Jafar probably knew that Aladdin didn’t know is that jinn, as they’re called in the countries they’re from, are inherently cunning, shrewd, and bound by almost nothing.
It is important to note that the Western marketing genius has little in common with the jinn on which it is based. As entities that fall just below the esteem of angels and the frightening respect of demons, jinns continue to hold a place of spiritual importance for billions of people around the world. Historically, the concept of jinns cannot be identified with certainty at any specific time or place, but they originated in the Arab world long before the establishment of Christianity. Sometimes attributed to a vast motley of supernatural beings, certain common characteristics have come to be somewhat codified over time.
In their natural state, jinn are invisible, composed of a mixture of fire and air, may have taken the form of animals, lived in inanimate objects or under the Earth in places both sacred and profane and were mortal despite having lived much longer than humans. . Throughout history, they have been considered very influential in the achievements and difficulties of mankind. Often blamed for pestilence, famine and harmful accidents, they were also attributed as muses who inspired divine thought, great sporting achievements or unusual strokes of luck.
Their culture and societal structure paralleled that of their human counterparts, and in some cases they even intermarried. The jinn were vengeful and a wrong done against them was repaid in full. They appear in the Quran more than two dozen times but came into contact with Western culture through the folk anthology Thousand and one Night during the Middle Ages. The jinns are depicted in many tales there presented in varying degrees of turmoil, but several stories in the compilation in particular heavily influenced Aladdin. A few of them point out how adept the jinns are at verbally fighting and trying to turn every situation to their advantage through trickery, but two in particular are aimed more specifically at Aladdin.
In “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” the plot closely resembles the Disney film with a malevolent vizier dripping with ambitions for the sultanate who tasks a commoner named Aladdin with entering a cave and retrieving an old oil lamp. In this version, the vizier gives Aladdin a magic ring to aid him in his quest. The ring contains a small jinni, jinni is the singular form of the plural jinn, and the lamp contains a major one and Aladdin uses the two in concert to eventually kill the vizier and his brothers who are trying to avenge him.
“The Fisherman and the Jinn”, tells the story of a fisherman who catches a copper jar after a day of unsuccessful attempts and decides to sell it but notices that it is capped with the seal of Sulaiman, or Solomon. He removes the cap and the jinn appears as a vaporous entity who tells him that his captivity lasted for centuries and although at some point he had decided to bless his liberator with wishes, he had long since decided to curse them. instead with the choice of their death. The quick-witted fisherman told a story to the djinn after he brought him back to his bottle and when the story was over, the djinn decided to reward the fisherman for his mercy and intelligence.
These depictions reveal a few important characteristics that underlie the danger Aladdin put himself in by summoning the jinn from the lamp. First, release from captivity may not have prompted the captive jinn to provide favors of any kind, but could have led to irrational retribution. Second, as a king of renown in all Abrahamic religions, the imprisonment of a jinn by Solomon could mean that the offending jinn was not in good standing with a ruler known for his wisdom and good judgment. Any creature that had been summarily confined under its law would likely be a force of evil chaos. Third, even if the djinn didn’t try to assassinate Aladdin, he could have tricked him into doing something terribly stupid.
Jinns were said to be capable of possessing people and there were rites passed down through oral and written traditions that prescribed how to exorcise a willful jinn who had taken up residence in a human body. Although the Disney film borrows various elements for its own adaptation of the Arabian tale, the incompetent thief Abis Mal from Jafar’s Return illustrates how an unscrupulous jinn can subvert the wishes of the lamp bearer for his own ends to the great personal harm of the one who released them. Aladdin has proven himself to be a savvy mental gymnast as well as an elite athlete and so the chance that he may have been tricked by a djinn more aligned with his historical origins may still tip the odds in his favor, but the former street urchin was totally unaware. of the danger he may have caused to himself, his friends and the world by rubbing the lamp.
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