Statesboro, GA, USA
human think thunder is supernature long time ago, now, we think is discharge.
Probably the difference between modern forms of supernaturalism and the animism you describe, is that the former can see that the latter were right about the wonder, awe, and the feeling that natural things have a transcendent significance ... but wrong about many particular expressions.
I still have no problem in seeing that lightning is an expression of the power and grandeur of God. That takes nothing away from the scientific explanation, and vice versa.
"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” - G.K. Chesterton