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Impundulu (also known as Thekwane, Izulu, inyoni yezulu)
Origins- Pondo, Xhosa, Zulu (South Africa)
The impundulu which tranlates into lighting bird is a black and white bird that is roughly the size of a human. It summons lighting from it’s wings and talon, and is said to be a servant or a familur to a witch or witch doctor and attacks it’s enemies by through killing them by striking the victim with lighting or turning into a beautiful human, seducing them and eventually satisfying its insatiable appetite for blood.
The fat of the bird is believed to be of great importance either as the feul that the bird sets on fire when it throws down a lighting bolt or as a component in traditional medicine. The fat is procured bycatching the bird a the moment when the lighting stikes the ground or by diggin the bird up from an underground cavity at the spot. The bird is futhermore belived to lay a large sapphire coloured egg underground at the location of where it’s strikes lighting three times.
This may be a good or bad omen that may require digging to procure or dispose of the eggs.