The divine thunderbolt is one of the most ancient and pervasive religio-folkloric symbols of the human race.
The divine thunderbolt—a sudden, never-missing missile of supernatural fire—has been a universal worldwide phenomenon since prehistoric times. Some thunderbolt motifs were indigenous to a given locale; others can be traced to far-distant lands. This volume will examine the development and dispersion of symbols, folklore, and religious aspects of such a divinely generated thunderbolt, focusing on the Near East and Europe. Emphasis will be placed on the thunderbolt-wielding sky gods, their thunder weapons and the graphic symbols for them, and the role of the supernatural thunderbolt in magic, religion, myth, superstition, and folklore.