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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