The northwestern Indians said that the Thunderbird accompanied thunderstorms and that lightning flashed from its eyes. It was said to feed on killer whales. The Miami Indians called it Piasa, or ‘devourer of man’ and believed the bird required sacrifices or it would attack a whole community.
Most of us have heard the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from the Arabian Nights tales, where Aladdin finds a dusty, old lamp, begins to rub the dust from it, and a stream of smoke emits from the lamp producing a Genie. Well, the Genie in the Aladdin story is a much more ‘friendly’ version of a Demon known in Arabic Lore as the Djinn (also sometimes spelled Jinn).