Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Made From Fire

jinn rising from flames in cave
Inspired by the Qu'ranic account of how God created humans from clay and djinn from smokeless fire.1

Character's clothing is referenced from (but by no means claiming to be an authentic representation of) men's attire from northern Cameroon and northern Nigeria, including, but not limited to, Hausa attire.

The djinn (genies) originated from Arabic folklore2; the spread of Islam circulated the mythology of genies beyond the Arab world, with non-Arab Muslim cultures applying the concept of djinn to native spirits from pre-Islamic traditions.3 The Hausa pronunciation for djinn is 'aljan', a term that is also applied to the Bori spirits of pre-Islamic Hausa religion, giving traditional spirits an Islamic context.4

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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Gulf of Guinea

Penglai, Isle of the Immortals