There are tales of hyena whose appearance has confused the many observers. Diodorus Siculus a Greek historian from 60-30 BC who said that the hyena was a cross between dog and wolf while Sir Walter Raleigh thought it was cross between cat and dog. It is told that hyenas have the ability to change their sex as well duplicitous things like imitating human voice in order to lore men to their death. The Arabic lore states that hyenas are the reincarnations of sorcerers who return to steal their enemies flock. The idea in Africa is that the hyenas are seen as tricksters or shape shifters. In east Africa it’s believed people that the glowing spirits of the dead can be detected inside the eyes of a hyena who have devoured their flesh. This in a way is believed that the ancestors can return through the hyena so they can ride out the night as ghosts.

Sir Walter Raleigh Hyena Diodorus Siculus


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