I need to make a character, who is agnostic of electricity, electromagnetic fields, and any modern age theories, refer to electromagnetic phenomena.
Ancient cultures, like greeks, chinese, were somewhat aware of electricity and magnetism. Few examples are: thunder and yellow amber, which has an electrostatic property.
Right now, I'm using yellow amber to refer to the phenomenon. But I'm not very satisfied.
"There is no yellow amber in the region.", says a character who sees an improbable electromagnetic phenomenon.
To clarify: we're in an ancient civilization. The character is aware of some electromagnetism effects, like electrostatic field effects, or thunder. He does not fully understand why these effect happen, in details. But he understand that in certain conditions, it happens. Now, he sees these effects happening in a situation where those conditions are unmet. He is confused about it and in his thought he needs to refers to electromagnetism using words of his culture.
His culture is theocratic and is known as the most technologically advanced culture in the world. It is said that they have no new discoveries to do : they think they know everything there is to know.
The character, here, has a proof that they don't. Hence, he will need to say something like :
"I have found the proof that something about [electromagnetism] cannot be explained by our current knowledge, despite our belief that it is complete".
A replacement for "electromagnetism" is this sentence is what I am looking for.
That said, I can probably invent some word refering to a wrong, imaginary, inexistent cause for electromagnetism effects. But I would like to avoid referring to some God of Thunder. Their religion is monotheistic.
So, what I need is a somewhat realistic term to replace "electromagnetism" in the bold sentence, that would refer to an misbelief about the causes of electromagnetism effects.