Supernatural ‘Jinn’ (Demons?) Seen As Cause Of Mental Illness Among Muslims

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It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to “jinn,” the invisible, devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found.

The findings demonstrate one way in which culture may influence how people perceive their psychotic symptoms, and could help Western psychiatrists better understand patients who have an Islamic background.

Moreover, in today’s connected world, patients may fuse the symbols from their own backgrounds with those of other cultures to explain their symptoms, study leader Dr. Jan Dirk Blom, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Groningen, told Live Science.

In Islamic mythology, Jinn, or djinn, are supernatural creatures made of smokeless fire. They are frequently found in Islamic folklore and are mentioned in the Quran, the religious text of Islam. Historically, they are portrayed as menacing creatures that can harm humans, or drive them mad. People in Muslim societies have traditionally seen jinn as the cause of mental illness and neurological diseases, especially epilepsy.

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  1. The culture believes that there is a controlling entity that controls the brain and body of each individual on the planet. This separate entity is the person’s soul. Unlike the body, the soul is eternal. It shifts from body to body. This is determined by factors unknown.
    The Jinn take over that control of the body as malignant spirits. Jesus recognized this belief. He supposedly sent a legion of spirits into a herd of pigs. The herd then committed suicide.
    MY own studies leads me to conjecture that there is an interconnected Universe on a level we do not understand. On that level, which is invisible to us, a whole lot of things occur.
    I do not recommend anyone explore this area. There are things there that are beyond our control and abilities. We simply do not have the training to deal with this area.
    What exactly is a Soul? Is it the mind? Is it strictly the brain? Or is it something more . . .
    There are entire religious belief systems that believe that the Soul does migrate from body to body over time. In lands like India there are clear cases of one individual leaving a body and another from a neighboring village dying and then taking over the vacant body in a neighboring village. The person involved “remembers” the life in the other village. The entire thing is about as clear as mud.
    Our Christian Belief system is confusing in defining that soul. We often think of the soul as the brain of a person. Yet I know of cases where people have been physically dead far longer than the brain should be able to recover. Then by some miracle, they come back. Most describe leaving the body behind and then returning to that same body.
    Forensic science is very clear as to what happens after we die to the body. The closing down of the body and brain of an individual is clearly described.
    I have often wondered if the embalming process is to keep someone from returning to their body.
    I can see how that might be a nightmare to wake up in a closed coffin buried in the ground.
    Forensic science also describes people being in a very deep coma where the brain has shut down and in those cases, when revived the brain normally recovers and they go on with life.
    In science nothing is created or destroyed. Things simply change. Is this Spirit Universe real? I do not really know. But Jesus described a lot of things that we are unclear about. The descriptions of spirits leaving a body is one of them.

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