Genies (also called jinn or genii) are spirits in cultures of the Middle East and Africa. The term genie comes from the Arabic word jinni, which referred to an evil spirit that could take the shape of an animal or person. It could be found in every kind of nonliving thing, even air and fire. Jinn (the plural of jinni) were said to have magical powers and are favorite figures in Islamic literature. To the Mende people of Sierra Leone in Africa, genii are spirits who occasionally try to possess living men. The Mende use magic to fight genii who enter the living.

In ancient Rome, the term genii, the plural form of the Latin word genius, referred to the spirits that watched over every man. The genius was responsible for forming a man’s character and caused all actions. Believed to be present at birth, genius came to be thought of as great inborn ability. Women had a similar spirit known as a juno. Some Romans also believed in a spirit, called an evil genius, that fought the good genius for control of a man’s fate. In later Roman mythology, genii were spirits who guarded the household or community.
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  • floatingpilot
    floatingpilotabout 1 year ago

    beautiful work!! If we don’t find a Jinni, we should create one ourselves. You had a great effort with this! ;o)

  • thanks floatingpilot, now that it is done, still waiting for my three wishes to well anything is possible, right?

    – shadowlea

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 1 year ago

    09-24-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • thanks Kira for the great honour

    – shadowlea

  • Jeff Kingston
    Jeff Kingstonabout 1 year ago

    I do like that, and I learnt about origins of Genius and Juno. I like the subtle repeat of the face too. It’s a very accomplished artwork.

  • thanks Jeff, so many myths/legends are so intriguing to me, and often I wonder the very origins of them….

    – shadowlea

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 1 year ago

    Interesting description Lea. Love the energy of the image

  • appreciate your thoughts Donna and compliment, many thanks…

    – shadowlea

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 1 year ago

    Fabulous creation….

  • thanking you very much Renate, appreciate your compliment

    – shadowlea

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshabout 1 year ago


    Your STUNNING Vision is DISPLAYED Here

  • appreciate this honour, thank you Ramesh

    – shadowlea

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 1 year ago

    Wow! . . . looks dangerously seductive . . . excellent creation, Irene . . .

  • thanks Carol and MIke had fun doing a little experimenting, and appreciate your compliment on it

    – shadowlea

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werbyabout 1 year ago

    Wow…I learned something from reading your description!!! This spirit is a colorful beauty… Congratulations on your " In One’s Mind’s Eye " feature and a fave to go with it!!

  • thanks Susan, glad you found it interesting and your compliment very much appreciated

    – shadowlea

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations to your latest feature, dearest Lea! Absolute brilliant creation! Love her! Had to share!

  • thank you very much CrismanArt, on a second look this did look a little confusing, and so did a little modifying in the breastule dept….as it is supposed to be a he.,….lol…appreciate your sharing…

    – shadowlea

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 1 year ago

    Fabulous work!

  • many thanks Shulie, appreciate your compliment on this one….

    – shadowlea

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