South wind

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A south wind is a wind that originates in the south and blows north.[1]

Words used in English to describe the south wind are auster, buster (a violent south gale), föhn/foehn (alps), gibli (Libya with various spellings), friagem (a cold south wind blowing into Brazil from the Antarctic), khamsin (a hot spring wind in Egypt, with various spellings), kona (stormy southwest wind in Hawaii), notus (see mythology below for origin) and sirocco (North Africa).


In Greek mythology, Notus was the god of the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn.[2]

In Egyptian mythology, Shehbui is the god of the south wind.[citation needed] He was depicted as a man with the head of a lion.

In Native American Iroquois tradition, the south wind is brought by the Fawn, and has a warm and gentle temperament reminiscent of the sweet flowers, babbling brooks, and the voices of birds of summer.[3]

In Basque mythology, Egoi was a minor deity associated with the south wind.[4]

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  1. ^ Skilling, Tom. "Ask Tom: Could you explain wind direction terms?". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  2. ^ Luke Roman; Monica Roman (2010). Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology. Infobase Publishing. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-1-4381-2639-5.
  3. ^ Harriet Maxwell Converse; Arthur Caswell Parker (1908). Myths and Legends of the New York State Iroquois. University of the State of New York. pp. 37–.
  4. ^ de Marliave, Olivier (1995). Pequeño diccionario de mitología vasca y pirenaica. Palma de Mallorca Olañeta D.L. ISBN 9788476512326.