reply to post by Charmeine
The storm has a host of different names, depending on what culture you're a part of.
The most obvious of the storm-lords is Thor, the Norse god of thunder, who wields the hammer Mjolnir, which he uses to crush the bones of the Jotun
who threaten the humans, the Aesir, and the Vanir.
Another popular thunder-deity is Zeus the Greek god of lightning. Zeus achieved his power by overthrowing his father, Cronus. However, Zeus was also
once trampled and imprisoned by Typhon, the Tartarian monster representing a host of things: mountains, the sea, wind, etc. So, Zeus' battle with
Typhon was sometimes said to relay the violence of storms.
Some lesser-known storm deities include Enlil and Marduk from Babylon. Both of these deities were warriors, who also ruled over the kingdom of the
Gods at various intervals. Enlil was typically a wrathful, vengeful, aggressive storm-lord responsible for floods and destruction, while Marduk was
the benevolent storm which created the then-miracle of crop growth.
From the rest of the Mesopotamian cultures you have deities like Adad, and Iškur who were both dualism deities, representing the life-giving
nourishment of the seasonal storms, as well as the destructive potency of the seasonal flooding due to the overflowing of the Tigris and Euphrates
In the Levant, land of Canaan and Turkey, you have the deity Ba'al, who was a storm-and-vegetation god. He was so prolific that he overthrew the
sea-serpent, and his own father, El, to seize the throne of the gods. He was honored throughout Anatolia as the Lord of Storms, the God of All, the
Conquerer of Death, and as a demon slayer. Ba'al-Hadad, Ba'al-Sapon, and various other titles bare his name. He even shows up in the Bible, as a
false-god, but then again Yahweh never liked competition.
In Native American cultures you have the enigmatic Thunderbird, a monstrous bird made of thunder and lightning, which is said to be capable of great
beauty, terrible destruction, as well as the giving-and-taking of life. The Natives believed in both a spiritual, and a physical, incarnation of this
There are a whole cart of other storm-related beings and deities and forces. The storm will either be benevolent or harmful depending on how you
approach it's fierce power.
~ Wandering Scribe