Ifrit, the fiery demon.

From earlier mythology, Ifrit were spawned from the blood of a murder victim. In other stories, they were forged from fire and hell.

Classified as infernal demons, Ifrit, also known as afreet, afrit, afrite, or efreet, are known to be strong and cunning creatures. In some mythology they are described as enormous beasts boasting wings of flame and fire running along their powerful and monstrous bodies. These indomitable creatures reside in dilapidated ruins, the sweltering underground, or even in the tombs of past kings. These demons were even mentioned in the Qur’an; in the story of Queen Sheba, the Ifrit fetched her throne under the direction of King Solomon. Some say that they guard the tombs of great leaders; while others claim, they are quite wicked and cause harm to mortals.

Typically, they marry one another, but they have been known to marry a human mate. While it has been told that these monsters come from the blood of murder victims- ghastly- you can easily avoid an Ifrit spawning if you simply take an unused nail and strike a line across the blood. Phew!

There are rumors that an explorer inspired the wrath of an Ifrit in the great town of Thebes. He had gone inspecting the tombs, when suddenly, he ran from the tombs shouting, “A beast is in there!” After the expedition, the townspeople were plagued by a pungent, sulfuric smell; they claimed that the demon had become so incensed the tomb was broken into that stench was the mere scent of the Ifrit’s outrage.

These beasts are also considered to be quite rebellious even in the underworld. But perhaps, if these demons are able to fall in love with humans and fetch thrones for Queens, surely they can’t be so evil, right? Are these winged creatures really that terrible?

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References

ifrit | Islamic mythology”. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-11-19

Leon Hale (January 13, 2002). “Arabic mythology is worth revisiting”. Houston Chronicle.

Wicked Wednesday: Fenris

Wicked Wednesday presents your favorite devious and misunderstood creatures each Wednesday.

Fenris. sometimes called Fenrir, was a vicious beast. The hound was said to have grown to a size so immense that it even terrified the gods.

fenrir

The dog was simply too wild to exist; he caused havoc and destruction everywhere he went. So, the gods chained him. It took more than one try but finally the dwarves constructed something that could hold the rabid beast down.

Though, Fenris was clever; he was distrusting of the chain and asked- as a show of goodwill- for one of the gods to stick their hands into his mouth. The god Tyr knew his fate before he did it. He was the only brave enough (or stupid enough) to stick his hand into Fenrir’s mouth. Once the savage creature realized he had been duped, he bit the god’s hand off, tearing the muscle and bone apart.

Now, he remains imprisoned to stone slab,waiting to break free at the end of the world. Then again, is the dog really so evil? It really is quite cruel to cage an untamable beast; it would be enough to make anyone go mad.

Works Cited:

Conway, D. J. Magickal, mystical creatures: invite their powers into your life. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2001. Print.

“Fenrir.” Norse Mythology for Smart People. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.

Rusalka

Wicked Wednesday: Week 1: Enjoy reading about wicked and misunderstood creatures!

Rusalka are said to have once been the drowned spirits of women; some say they were unclean female spirits. And depending on which part of Eastern Europe you visit, determined the type of Rusalki (plural) you were met with.

Some Rusalki were described to be beautiful, voluptuous maidens while others appeared more like hollowed out cadavers with bottomless eyes. They were known to lure people into a watery grave with their sweet melodies.

Often, mixed into the Rusalki’s origin story are tales about women who committed suicide due to: becoming pregnant out of wedlock, escaping abusive relationships; drowning themselves after learning of a betrayal…and as a result their soiled spirits remained…

I like to think that these debaucherous water nymphs, who are known to sing and even emerge from the water during festivals to dance on fields, are more of a clan of parthenogenic, Amazonian water women looking to enjoy themselves. In their year-round jobs, they murder unsuspecting (and I’m sure probably very nice) men with their songs of sweet nothings. Then, on special occasions they emerge from their murky depths to participate in booze filled field dancing. Are they truly as tragic and as wicked as they appear?

Sources referred to:

Conway, D. J. Magickal, Mystical Creatures: Invite Their Powers into Your Life. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2001. Print.

@ancientorigins. “Rusalka: The Mythical Slavic Mermaid.” Ancient Origins. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.