The lightning bird is a mythical bird in the folklore and traditions of different peoples of South Africa, such as the Zulu, Pondo, and Xhosa people. Sometimes it is called the impundulu, thewane, izulu, and also the inyoni yezulu. It is supposed to have the ability to call up thunder and lightning with its talons and wings.
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The Lightning bird
The impundulu, which means, lightning bird, is described in various ways. Some say it is a bird that stands as tall as a human and has a plumage colored black and white but descriptions do vary greatly. One village girl to whom it appeared claimed the it looked like a black rooster and ran up the shaft of her hoe and across her body where it left its claw marks. It then flew off into the sky to disappear in the clouds. Others…
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