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. 29 July 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/choctaw-beliefs-concerning-thunder-and-lightning.htm - Last updated on Jul 1st, 2011
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