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The Rain Maker

Updated on March 22, 2011

Scientific control of the weather became more popular during the last Olympic in Beijing . According to Wikipedia, Cloud seeding is a phenomenon that involves artificial precipitation that uses chemicals such as silver iodide, dry ice (liquefied carbon (iv) oxide), or Propane expansion to induce nucleation that eventually grows to large crystals which precipitates out. But before cloud seeding, the practice of rain making have been with us.

Traditional rain making is not a strange practice after all. For it is a popular practice in the tropics of Africa. A rainmaker must be consulted before major ceremonies. But unlike cloud seeding, traditional African rainmaking do not have specific physical or chemical explanations. It could be describe simply as the use of supernatural powers. All that is physical about it is that local gin is demanded, then the man comes out to waive his hands at the sky. Some rainmakers first set up a small fire before using certain tools to waive at the sky.

But there is a rivalry in the cycle of rain makers. It is usually a problem when there are so many rainmakers within a small community. For you must have to consult with all of them. Otherwise, others may devote their time towards reversing the process. And the situation could be more daisy if you ignore all of them. At that time, You may be surprise at the pool of water from the sky on a fore-casted sunny day.

Unlike cloud seeding, traditional rain making is safe, but has no explanation. Whereas, cloud seeding could be another dangerous practice on our weather and climate, it is a daytime assertion of what the rainmakers have been engaging in for several years.

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      James Agbogun 5 years ago

      Rain-making is well mastered in the rain forest of Africa!

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      Obidiaso max. 5 years ago

      So it was acturaly that man can make rain, that a good system in terms of farming, so far it will be practicing at the required time.

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      Frame Lady 5 years ago

      I think they should be called upon to help places with extreme dryness

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      Samson Orji Solution 5 years ago

      can humans make rain?.is it scientific or divine.think over it.

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      James Agbogun 7 years ago

      Lady_E, rain-making is practiced in the rain forest region of Nigeria. That region is more interested in preventing the rain. I thank you for the comment.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting. I wonder if they still practice Rain making in Africa. It would be good for the farmers. Regards.

      Ps. Where do they get their power from?

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      James Agbogun 7 years ago

      Glassvisage, I thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this topic.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      I've never considered rain to be something PEOPLE can make. I like that you inclluded some of the science and culture behind this practice.

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      James Agbogun 7 years ago

      Luciendasky, i thank you for the nice Comment.

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