Also known as:
Afrit; Ifreet; Ifrit
Afarit names a type of malevolent spirit. (The same word refers to the individual Afarit and the entire species; it is both singular and plural.)
True Afarit are primordial fire spirits who existed on Earth thousands of years before people, genuine Old Ones. They have traditionally been held responsible for solar eclipses: the Afarit consumes the sun, causing it to disappear. It reappears when the Afarit eventually vomits. In modern Egypt, the word Afarit has evolved into a catchall for any type of revenant, ghost, or apparition, although the word remains unfailingly negative. Afarit is used as a synonym for evil spirit. There is no such thing as a “friendly Afarit.”
Afarit are not minor disruptive spirits but are exceptionally dangerous, powerful, smart, and malevolent. They don’t like people. Afarit possess powers of bilocation: they can be in more than one place at the same time. They can render themselves visible or invisible at will. Their appearance is subject to their whim, but they are generally described as “huge” and “terrifying.” Should they possess or afflict someone, that person may show signs of psychosis and/or extraordinary physical strength. The person who is possessed or afflicted by the Afarit may Demonstrate what resembles steroid rage or steroid psychosis but with no physical explanation for the condition.
The spilled blood of murder victims creates a portal for Afarit. They emerge at the place on Earth where the blood was spilled. To preventthis emergence, hammer a virgin nail (a nail that has never before been used) into the spot. Remove the nail and release the Afarit.
Afarit may be considered their own unique class of spirit or are sometimes considered a subcategory of particularly dangerous Djinn.
Afarit are always dangerous, malicious, and powerful. Many authorities perceive them as lacking any redeeming qualities (beyond the fact that they are incredibly powerful, causing reckless sorcerers to wish to command them).
Afarit are most associated with Egypt, North Africa, and the Middle East, but they can travel where they will. They are especially fond of abandoned cemeteries, lingering among ancient Egyptian tombs and the Great Pyramid.
To Attract and Command an Afarit
This technique derives from Moroccan Jewish traditions and is begun after the conclusion of the Sabbath on Saturday night. The Sabbath officially ends after sunset and so timing is different each Saturday night and must be verified before beginning the ritual. Most Jewish calendars include information regarding when the Sabbath begins and ends each week.
1. Light an oil lamp.
2. Cover it with a couscousière (tasksut), a kitchen utensil with seven holes, used to prepare couscous.
3. Recite the appropriate invocations. If this is done correctly, a seven- headed Afarit will appear, each head poking through a hole in the tasksut.
4. At this point, things can either go very well or not. Very well means that the Afarit submits to your will and follows your command. Not very well … well, you can imagine. The outcome depends somewhat on the summoner. It is crucial to remain calm, collected, and courageous.
Variations: Afreet, Afreeti, Afrite, Efreet, Efreeti, Efrit, Ifreet, Ifrit
African and Muslim folklore alike speak of a vampiric spirit called the afrit, or afriti when found in numbers. Its name means “blooddrinking nomad.” When a person is murdered, his spirit returns to the place of death. At the very spot where the last drop of his lifeblood fell, the newly created afrit rises up.
Some sources say it looks like a larger version of the jinni, but others claim it appears as a desert dervish, a ghostlike form, a tall column of smoke, or a being resembling the Christian devil complete with cloven hooves, horns, and a tail. Just to see the creature will cause a person to be overcome with fear. To prevent this vampiric being from entering into existence, a nail must be driven into the exact spot where the last drop of lifeblood fell. This will force the spirit to remain in the earth.
In all, there are ﬁve types of jinni, and although the afrit is the second most powerful, it is the most ruthless and cruel toward its victims.
- Hoiberg, Students’ Britannica India, 5–6;
- Jacobs,Folklore,vol. 11, 389–94;
- Philp, Jung and the Problem of Evil, 56–57;
- Rose,Giants,Monsters,and Dragons, 6
The Afrit is in Arabian lore, the vampiric spirit of a murdered man who seeks to avenge his death. The afrit rises up like smoke from the Blood of the victim. Like the European vampire, the afrit can be stopped by driving a nail into the bloodstained ground.
From: The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 2005 by Visionary Living, Inc.
Ifrits (Afrit, Afriteh, Alfrit, Efreet, Ifriteh) In Islamic mythology, spirits often evil but sometimes good. They are but one of the five classes of Djinn, or devils. The Koran (sura 27) makes a brief mention of the “Ifrit, one of the Djinn.” In Egyptian Islamic folklore an Ifrit means the ghost of a murdered man or one who died a violent death. Yet the female version of the Ifrit, called the Ifriteh, mentioned in The Thousand and One Nights, is a benevolent Djinn. In one tale, “Second Old Man’s Story” (night 2), a pious woman is transformed into an Ifriteh and carries a hero to an island to save his life. In the morning she returns and says: “I have paid thee my debt, for it is I who bore thee up out of the sea and saved thee from death, by permission of Allah. Know that I am of the Djinn who believe in Allah and his prophet.” Thus, some Ifrits are good spirits, converted to Islam.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow – Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante