Known as Antiguos asirios relieve en piedra de un genio. "genies" in English, Djinn (singular form Djinni) have deep roots in Arab culture. The Djinn first sprang from stories told by Indian, Persian, and Arabian storytellers and gained international fame when they appeared throughout the tales Scheherezade told in "The Thousand and One Nights". It is said that the Djinn are created from fire and can take on any form they choose-animal or human-and can be of any size (they have a human-like form and can take the shape of animals but only temporary unless it is their tribes animal protector. Most of them are hostile, or at least not all that friendly to humans, although some can be friendly, and helpful. It is possible for magicians or wise men and women to gain power over a Djinn and use it to perform amazing and magical tasks. Be wary, for even a friendly Djinn is unpredictable and certainly anyone who breaks an agreement with a Djinn will strongly regret it. Often Djinn take naughty pleasure in punishing people for wronging them, even unintentionally.
There are five different types of Djinn. The least powerful is the Jann, next come the Djinn and then the Sheytans, or devils. The Afrits, sometimes called Efreets are very powerful but the Marids are the most powerful.
Djinn are generally falsely believed responsible for illness and mishaps, due to how Islam made them appear as, but in pre- Islamic text they were depicted as being neutral beings.
Contrary to popular belief Djinn are not found in brass lamps or grant wishes. Perhaps these beliefs came from legends about magicians and wisemen imprisoning them in an oldbrass lamp. When someone rubs the lamp three times the Djinni inside will appear, grant three wishes, and obey the one who set itfree. Traditionally, it is said that the great and wise King Solomon shut misbehaving Djinn in lead-stoppered bottles and threw them into the sea.
On another note it is said that some of their powers are the ability of manifestation and transformation. If these creatures are real, it makes one wonder what devastation they could cause...
- Jinns in Islamic Art - http://www.islamscifi.com/jinns-in-islamic-art/