North American - A chattering bird. In some southern states, this bird is regarded as a messenger of the Devil and, every Friday, takes him a bundle of sticks with the consequence that the bird is not seen on that day. Some say that medicine-men can take on the form of a jay; others say that the bird is a hero who brought up mud after the flood to make dry land. Known as jay.


Hindu - One of the 8 demonesses attendant on Durga. Occasionally identified as Jay.

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