Thursday, March 06, 2008


A thunderbolt is a conventional expression for a release of lightning or a emblematic representation thereof. As a heavenly manifestation it has been a powerful symbol throughout history, and has appeared in many mythologies. Drawing from this influential association, the thunderbolt is often found in military symbolism and semiotic representations of electricity.Lightning plays a role in many mythologies, often as the stick of a sky and storm god. As such, it is an unsurpassed method of dramatic instantaneous retributive devastation: thunderbolts as divine weapons can be found in most mythologies. The most well-known thunderbolt weapon in the West was that of Zeus or Jupiter. His thunderbolts were manufactured by Hephaestus/Vulcan Jupiter used his thunderbolts to strike down impious criminals and divine opponents.


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