Thunder is the loud sound following a flash of lightning. However, most Africans do not just perceive it as such; they “see” beyond the lighting and “hear” beyond the loud sound. This is because they consider the phenomenon as representing either the feat of a supernatural being, the symbol of divine power, or the vengeance of an enraged deity. As such, thunder never goes unnoticed, is always treated with awe and caution, and may even become the object of a cult.

Thunder Cult in Africa

In fact, thunder cults are prominent among a number of people in Africa. For example, among the Yoruba, sango is orisa ara (the god of thunderbolt). The thunderbolt deity is called kamalu by the Igbo and sokogba by the Nupe people of ...

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