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Through Chinelo Eze

May 02, 2021 | 15:00

Do you remember the smell of petrichorium that permeates the air just before you spin and dance in the rain? Enjoy the act and in the same breath diligently chant “Rain rain go away…” But later to be scolded by your parents for fear of getting sick? Even now, as an adult, when you remember, you look …

Cultural symbols of rain and its companions

Do you remember the smell of petrichorium that permeates the air just before you spin and dance in the rain? Enjoy the act and in the same breath diligently chant “Rain rain go away…” But later to be scolded by your parents for fear of getting sick?

Even now, as an adult, when you remember, you watch the younger ones flaunt their innocence and childish spirit as they dance freely in the rain.

We never know why, but it turns out that there is something about the rain that positively annoys us all. You can even form a playlist of rain-inspired songs from different genres and eras, maybe called “rain songs” if needed.

Maybe the call of the rain could be related to the success they have had, which has earned them the right to be called hits. These songs have incorporated into them the emotions that rain brings, the beliefs and perceptions of rain and its use figuratively, all tuned in crescendo. Therefore, mythology is based on the precepts of society fueling its sustenance in modern society.

Far from sentimentality, what is the religious correlation in the meaning of this natural phenomenon “rain” and the symbolism of other characteristics like thunder, lightning and rainbow? In most cultures there is the existence of a belief in the metaphysical power that rain offers.

What role do you think myths and legends have in understanding the cosmos and how does a man manage to communicate with it?
The varied mythology of different cultures has diverse histories for understanding how things on earth came to be and the part of man on earth. So this is the spirituality behind the rain, including different gods who hold the power to allow rain to fall or keep the rain away from humans, resulting in starvation.

With the dependence of some cultures and societies on agriculture, this setting should appease the sanctity of rain. Thus, rain is appreciated as a gift from the rain god, hence its benevolence as a source of life since it rejuvenates the earth and human life.

Thus, this is considered to be the belief of the rain gods. Probably as a natural wonder, therefore, supernatural powers are attributed to it for this reason by different cultures. The myth-making stories behind these beliefs are fairly universal with no restrictions on any particular region.

Since myths are the foundation of the belief system of many people with different cultural attitudes towards the world and all in it.

In Greek mythology, Zeus, the ruler of the Greek pantheon of gods, is the rain god and is known for his symbolic dart / thunderbolt sign.

While in Nigeria, with its vast ethnicity, the rain gods are different from one ethnic group to another. In Yoruba legend, the rain god is the powerful couple Oya and her husband Sango who, according to folklore, received his gifts from his wife Oya.

For Hausa Gajjimare begins the etymology of the Hausa rain gods. While in the land of the Igbo, Amadioha is the ensign as the ruler of the sky, wielding his power as best he can and speaking through thunder, which is no different from the aforementioned gods. Although these oral traditions have different histories, these gods generally have the same role to play with the earthlings.

Again, rain like two sides of a coin is reflected in perceptions of cultures’ belief systems with a juxtaposed worldview. For example, the foreshadowing of storms in some cultures suggests something threatening and this is reflected more in films and phrases like “after the storm comes calm” brings such notions to the fore.

For example, the rain that falls in some cultures at weddings is not a sign of a good start, while for another it is a blessing that erases the past and sets you up for a brighter day.

In short, symbolic of rain showers is the beauty of the rainbow that accompanies rainy weather. It is a phenomenon that has put scientists on their toes and is most sought after for the beauty with which it adorns the sky.

The Rainbow Along with the rain which is very double in actions and symbols, the rainbow is largely in harmony to involve positive vibrations.

In Norse mythology, it is the Bifrost that connects Asgard to Midgard. The rainbow in the Christian perspective is a representation of God’s promises not to destroy the earth with food.

Rain and its companions are usually linked with romance as many seek warmth and it is perhaps one of the most beautiful seasons for flora, fauna and humans.

Give a little the importance of a rain scene in romantic movies or teenage inspired movies. But these are of minimal importance to the deeply rooted perspective; its role and socio-economic importance for man and the earth. Rain is part of nature with a dualistic behavior as stated previously.

Cradle of nature, it gives life while overflowing. This reflects the figurative view of the rain gods, thus highlighting the use of flooding to punish communities for all their crimes.

Such an absence of rain in mythology implies for the community that it has upset the gods and here the appearance of lightning becomes apparent to reflect the wrath of the gods.

So by seeking how to appease the gods to find vegetation and human life. In cases as such, certain ritual acts take place including song, dance and song, all with the intention of influencing the minds of the gods towards their predicament. The importance of rain is undisputed as a means of human, plant and animal survival.

This therefore attributes to transcendent belief a hotbed of ritualistic practice in Africa and other communities.

In Igbo land and other parts of Nigeria, the role of a rainmaker is not obsolete in modern times although it is on the verge of disappearing with the involvement of meteorologists and the approach. scientist.

Rainmakers are often sought after, especially at events to pacify the rain gods of the earth in order to provide favorable weather to aid the smooth running of events; traditional weddings, funerals, coronations and more.

However, they not only dissipate precipitation, but also cause and redirect. Rainmakers don’t work regardless of the seasons.

These traditional meteorologists occupy a esteemed seat in their communities before the appearance of the modern day meteorologist.

The importance of rain / water to humans is the story of Romeo and Juliet after all humans are 80% water. Therefore, the use of water as an element of life for purification, separation, and redemption is evident in all aspects of our culture and philosophies.

All in all, “April showers bring flowers of May” suggesting the effervescence of rain on the earth, thus, by any indication, the mythology of rain is a concept as the people who practice it, is socially. and culturally diverse. The next time you need to make an appointment, have “rain control”.