General - In many cultures, lightning is regarded as a weapon wielded. By a god. (1) The Chinese say that a young goddess uses a mirror to flash light on to a chosen target so that the thunder-god can release a bolt of lightning and be sure of hitting the right spot. (2) In Central America, some tribes say that lightning first brought illness to man. (3) The people of Dahomey say that the thunder-gods use lightning to punish wrongdoers and one of kill people with a lightning shaft. (4) Early inhabitants of Germany blamed witches for lightning while others said that a charred log from a midsummer bonfire, if kept in the house, would preserve it from lightning strikes. Some say that a magic coal, found under a mugwort plant, will protect the owner from lightning. (5) In Greece, lightning was the weapon of Zeus and the Greeks regarded as sacred any spot where lightning struck the earth. (6) In New Guinea it is believed that many evil spirits can cause lightning. (7) The Romans regarded Jupiter as manifest in lightning and thunder. (8) In North America, some tribes believe that using a toothpick made from the timber of a tree that has been struck by lightning will cure toothache. Others say that a lightning strike near to the spot where a person is dying announces the arrival of the Devil to collect that person's soul. Some believe that lightning caused the raccoon or the mole while others cover their heads with raccoon skin as protection from lightning. (9) The Tartars regard lightning as an arrow shot from the rainbow which is the bow wielded by a great hero. (10) The early Vedic religion taught that lightning was a weapon wielded by several gods, including Apam Napat, Indra, the Maruts, Rudra and Trita. Occasionally identified as lightning, Cakulha-Hurukan, Cakulha-Hurukan, Lightning or Lightning.

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