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In Lakota mythology, Haokah is a god of thunder and lightning. His emotions are portrayed opposite the norm; he laughs when he is sad and cries when he is happy. In art, he is depicted as having two horns. The Lakota (also Sioux, Dakota) are a Native American tribe located in the Great Plains area of the United States. ... Thunder is the sound of the shockwave caused when lightning instantly heats the air around it to up to 30 000 °C (54 000 °F). ... Multiple cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning strokes are observed during a night-time thunderstorm. ...

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Haokah (Native American god) (1228 words)
The sworn enemy of all things evil, Haokah is the eternal enemy of Nanabozho (“Coyote”) the trickster who would teach evil to mortals, demons known as the Anaye and evil spirits known as the Anamaqkiu.
Haokah allowed himself to be swallowed as well and then saved his young ward by ripping open the side of the serpent from within.
Haokah's power burned out Inali's bodies as they used the power, but each time they were replaced in the body of a clone.
Dahcotah - Life and Legends of the Sioux Around Fort Snelling by Mary Eastman eBook by BookRags (541 words)
So severe is the sacrifice to this deity, that there are few who have courage to attempt it; and yet Haokah is universally reverenced and feared among the Sioux.
In summer he feels cold, in winter he suffers from the heat; hot water is cold to him, and the contrary.
The Dahcotah warrior, however brave he may be, believes that when he dreams of Haokah, calamity is impending and can only be avoided by some sort of sacrifice to this god.
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