Rain ceremony in the newspaper

The Nation, Wednesday July 27, 2005: “Villagers at drought stricken Baan Thonglang in Khon Kaen’s Muang district parade a cat along the streets as part of an old superstitious rain-begging rite yesterday.” I can’t make out the cat in this photo, so have no clue as to what type it is. This caption ran alongside a story about Cabinet approving a 4.6 billion budget for drought-hit areas, so this rain ceremony was as much a call for attention from the authorities as a genuine attempt to get rain in itself. The July dateline is also interesting – if there has been no rain by July, this is very unusual, so desperate situations call for desperate measures!

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