Choctaw Beliefs Concerning Thunder and Lightning
Thunder and lightning are to the Choctaw two great birds Thunder (Heloha), the female; Lightning (Mcda’tha),the male. When they hear a great noise in the clouds, Heloha is laying an egg, “just like a bird,” in the cloud, which is her nest. When a tree is shattered the result is said to have been caused by Mala’tha, the male, he being the stronger; but when a tree is only slightly damaged, the effect is attributed to Heloha, the weaker.
Great trouble or even war was supposed to follow the sight of a comet.
MLA Source Citation:Bushnell, David I., Jr. The Choctaw of Bayou Lacomb, St Tammay Parish Louisiana. Washington Government Printing Office. 1909. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 31 March 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw-beliefs-concerning-thunder-and-lightning.htm - Last updated on Jul 1st, 2011
Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.