Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lecture: City of Djinns. Delhi, possession and exorcism.

In October 2016 I returned Delhi to find out why Scottish travel writer William Dalrymple called it the ‘City of Djinn’. According to the Koran, we share the earth with another race of beings, ‘the Djinn’. Formed of smokeless fire and imbued with magical powers including shapeshifting and influencing humans and in the worst cases of negative Djinn, possession.
I explored the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla, the busy shrine of Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and the tiny hidden shrine of Khwaja Moluddin Chichi hidden deep within Delhi's central ridge forest and prison to jinn and evil spirits driven from the possessed.

This lecture was first given at Treadwell's book shop London.

You can see the photo essay here: http://www.darraghmasonfield.com/index/G0000VFRBfQCfShI

For further reading please see:
City of Djinns' a year in Delhi by William Dalrymple.
Legends of the fire spirits by Robert Lebling.