I have read some basic information about Genius Loci on Wikipedia, but I am looking for more detailed information. My understanding of the concept comes from how Genius Loci are presented in other works of fiction. The story I'm working on features Genius Loci as a central conflict. If you know of some strong resources, that would be cool.
I have a few major questions about Genius Loci, "the Spirit of a Place" in mythology.
Are they more often associated with wilderness like forest, or with cities?
Do they look like animals or people when seen in period Art?
Are they anthropomorphic representations of a place, or more like a Patron Saint, or Guardian Spirit?
--- In other words, Would a Genius Loci say, "I am from Chicago." "I am Chicago." or, "I'm not actually from here, but I protect Chicago."
My story is about a Cowboy teaming up with the literal Spirit of Texas. I'm just trying to hammer out the details. Genius Loci are a central point of the magic in the book. The villain is trying to use the power of a Genius Loci to become a Black God. How exactly this works is still to be determined. Either he eats the Spirit, or becomes the Spirit, Replaces the Spirit. Not Sure yet.