Pat Shingleton: "Animal Forecasting..."
Punxatawney Phil is not alone. It's the ploughing season in Thailand and the opening ceremony includes two oxen to determine the harvest. In front of the decorated oxen are rice, beans, alcohol, sesame seeds and corn. What is most selected by the beasts determines the yield. Consuming more sesame seeds or corn means bad weather while other selections send abundant rainfall. In Greenland, natives, along with the Cherokees, and Samoyeds of Siberia believe that rainbows are the hems of garments of the gods. Firefighters were unable to control a fire in 1998 along the Amazon in Roraima, Brazil. After two months of smoke and flames, they solicited two Shamans to perform a rain ceremony. The next day the fires were extinguished.