General - A scavenging animal. In Africa, where the animal is native, some tribes say that the soul of a man can enter a hyena which then attacks the man's enemies. Others say that hyenas are tribal ancestors. The Arabs say that wizards can turn themselves into hyenas. In Egypt it is said that this animal has a stone in its eye. If the stone, known as a hyaenia, is placed under the tongue, it can bring the gift of prophecy. The Greeks say the animal can change its sex and imitate the human voice and so is able to lure men to their death. In some references, known as hyena.

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