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djin

genies; spirits with supernatural power that can assume human or animal forms
and act for good or evil; often figuring in Muslim legends and stories

    [plural; singular is djinni; also spelled as: djinn, jin, or jinn -- very useful Scrabble word]


Sightings:

Shapeshifting for good or ill

Sylvia Plath: rage against the mother

A hybrid with spirit

Coal takes time

Trickier than the devil
(explore the URL for more Kyrgyz oral literature)

Djin and tonic -- and murder

Mystic images

Seating for a space odyssey
(follow the "Next" links for the story of Kubrick and the chairs)

Hard consciousness and Commander Data

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