The Lightning Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Lightning symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees and clothes. In the instance of the Lightning this was a common symbol that was painted on the face of an Indian, as in war paint, as seen in the picture on this page.
The meaning of the Lightning symbol represented lightning which was believed to add power and speed to the warrior. Lightning and the zig-zag symbol, painted in red, is also associated with the legendary Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a powerful spirit in the form of a supernatural bird from which lightning flashed from its beak and its eyes. Lightening represents the punishment of humans from the Gods a sign of a terrible event - refer to the Hopi Prophecy.
Native American Indians - Lightning Symbol
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.
Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Lightning symbol.
The clothes, tepees and all of his belongings was decorated with the symbols depicting his achievements, acts of heroism, his various spirit guides or the most important events in his life. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
The Lightning Symbol
- The Lightning symbol of Native Americans
- Meaning, symbolism and interpretation of the Lightning symbol
- Interesting facts and info for kids and schools
- Pictures, meanings, patterns and designs of symbols
- Native Americans pictures and videos for kids
Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
The Lightning symbol. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many symbols used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Lightning. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids.