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Haunted Places: Petra and the Djinn
The Treasury of the Pharaohs
Indiana Jones fans will recognize this place right away. In the movie, it's the final resting place of the Holy Grail. In real life, it's known as The Treasury of the Pharaohs and it's a magnificent piece of architecture. It’s Petra’s most famous monument. Petra is known as “The Rose Red City half as old as time.” for the color of the rocks n which Petra is carved. The place has phenomenal architecture (I know I said that already, but it’s that awesome!) and is the type of place to visit and to put on to your bucket list. It’s been crowned as one of the seven wonders of the world. How could you not give it that title? However, it’s probably best to only visit during the day, for the spirit of the Djinn comes out at night.
The red city has been terrorized by this ghost for a long time. Many visitors who come at late hours have seen this ghostly presence. The Djinn is known to have the ability to possess humans. Djinn is an arabic word for ghost and in their culture, they are one of God’s three sentient creations joining humans and angels. It is said that it resides in the dark regions of the burial chambers. It also prefers to be around ruins or any other type of old building. Many security guards that are around Petra at night have reported hearing whispering sounds as well as seeing shadows creeping along the walls. They believe that this might be the Djinn.
The Djinn is something that people have both seen and can feel. Nobody dares to walk into Petra at night because of it. Locals say that it’s very dangerous to be there at night. It seems that the Djinn really likes to say people’s names to grab their attention and vanish. Perhaps it’s when they vanish afterwards that people see their shadows lurking on the walls. If you dare to walk into Petra at the late hours, the road to the treasury in called the Siq. A mile long path that leads into the city.
There has also been reports of sword fighting inside of the treasury along with rocks being thrown from out of nowhere. A man by the name of Mohammed Eight, who was interviewed on Syfy’s Destination Truth by Josh Gates actually sleeps in the treasury sometimes. He’s said that while he tries to fall asleep at night, he can hear people talking along with sword fighting. The investigation that the Destination Truth team did later that night, validated that claim. While they were investigating the Treasury, they heard the sound of metal as if someone was drawing their sword. They reviewed the audio and the sound is definitely there. In my personal opinion, it has to be one of the best pieces of auditory evidence out there in the paranormal world.
Apparently, Djinn is a collective term, meaning that it’s more then one entity. The singular term would be “Jinni.” People that are experts on these entities say that they can be either good or bad and can go anywhere in the world. The good kind are friendly, while the evil kind do harm to the living and take on any form it wishes to be. So since these spirits aren’t just sighted at Petra, hopefully it’s not behind you right now :). If it is, hopefully it’s a friendly one!