The Afrit are the most powerful type of Djinn. They can take any form they desire, though they often have cloven hooves and horns, and are are very, very large and terrifying. The Afrit live in the Arabian Penninsula in the desert regions and along the eastern coast of Africa in the mud along lakes and rivers. They delight in dragging children away and killing them. Their name translates as "unclean spirits", and they are inherently evil.

Afrit is also spelled Afarit, Afreet, Affreet, Afrite, Efreet, Efrit, Ifreet, or Ifrit.

Pantheon: Arabic


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