Jann (legendary creature)
- Designation for the Jinn-genus, to distinguish them from the term "Jinn" as a collective noun for all supernatural creatures.
- The father of all Jinn created from the fires of samum, sometimes identified with Iblis or Azazel.
- A primitive type of Jinn, which dwelled on earth before the actual Jinn emerged or a transformed type of Jinn, comparable how Apes are related to humans. These Jann are regarded as the most harmless class of supernatural creatures.
Jann from the Semitic root JNN is an Arabic term, whose primary meaning is "to hide" and can also refer to an agile snake. In the Quran this term appers in Surah 15:27 and Surah 27:10 to designate a supernatural creature or a serpent. In Surah 27:10 the term Jann is sometimes translated to jinn (or demon) and sometimes with snake.
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