"I am Sakhr-al-Jinni, N'Gorso the Mighty and the Serpent of the Siver Plumes"
Genie in a lamp
Creative Commons AttributionGenie in a lamp - Credit: monkeywing, Flickr

In Arabian legend, Sakhr Al-Jinni steals Solomon's ring. It is then trapped in a bottle, thrown into the sea and found by a fisherman.

Stone scuplture of feathered serpent
Public DomainStone scuplture of feathered serpent - Credit: Thelmadatter

In Mesoamerican religions, the Feathered Serpent was a prominent deity or supernatural being. It was called Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs, Kukulkan among the Yucatec Maya, and Tepeu Gukumatz among the K'iche Maya. The double symbolism reflects the dual nature of the deity: the feathers represent its divine nature or ability to reach the skies; the serpent represents its human nature or ability to creep on the ground among other animals of the Earth.  Such dualism was very common in Mesoamerican deities. Several other serpent gods existed alongside the feathered serpent in the pantheon of Mesoamerican gods.