Pat Shingleton: "Bonzai!"
Japan was spared from the Mongolians of Genghis Khan by a typhoon that destroyed Khan's army. It was named "Kamikaze," after the god of wind, Shinto. As noted in a previous column, as the typhoon saved their ancestors, the Japanese Army in 1937 revived the name during World War II, believing they would be saved in battle. In the dry regions of India and Nepal, Hindus coax showers from the sky. Another example includes a means of resolving a drought in 2002. Similar to a nudist camp, women of western Nepal emptied their villages and gathered in local fields at midnight, in the nude. They also locked their husbands inside their homes and tilled the fields to appease the Hindu god of rain, Lord Indra. Days later, rain fell on the region.