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THOR, GOD OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, HELD THE BEAR TO BE THE MOST SACRED OF ALL ANIMALS. IN MANY LANDS OF THE NORTH, THOR AND THE BEAR WERE ONE AND THE SAME.
IN SCOTTISH GAELIC NARRATIVES, A BEAST KNOWN AS THE BEITHIR IS EITHER A DRAGON, A SERPENT OR A BEAR. IN NORSE SAGAS, BEITHIR IS A ‘THUNDERBOLT’ OR ‘LIGHTNING’.
IN LANDS OF THE NORTH, A PERSON STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WILL BECOME A SHAMAN. HE OR SHE WAS IMBUED WITH THE FIERY SPIRIT OF THE SKY BEAR.
THE BEAR AS LIGHTNING

THE GREAT BEAR WAS THE MAJESTIC AND LUMINOUS GOD OF STORMS AND SUNSHINE. HE WAS OFTEN SEEN AS THE HIGH TOWERING DARK CLOUDS. HIS CLAWS WERE THE LIGHTNING BOLTS AND HIS FIERCE GROWL WAS THE LOUD THUNDER.

IN THE HEBREW LANGUAGE OF THE BIBLE, ONE FORM OF BARAK MEANS ‘LIGHTNING’, ANOTHER FORM MEANS ‘TO BE BLESSED’.