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Lightning in the Andes and Mesoamerica
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Lightning in the Andes and Mesoamerica: Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Perspectives

John E. Staller and Brian Stross


Lightning has evoked a numinous response as well as powerful timeless references and symbols among ancient religions throughout the world. Thunder and lightning have also taken on various symbolic manifestations, some representing primary deities, as in the case of Zeus and Jupiter in the Greco/Roman tradition, and Thor in Norse myth. Similarly, lightning veneration played an important role to the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica and Andean South America. Lightning veneration and the religious cults and their associated rituals represent to varying degrees a worship of nature and the force ... More

Keywords: lightning, ancient religions, thunder, symbolic manifestations, Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, Mesoamerica, Andean South America, ritual practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Staller, author

Brian Stross, author
University of Texas

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