Pat Shingleton: "Khotso, Pula, Nala..."
In Africa the motto "Khotso, Pula, Nala" means Peace, Rain, Prosperity. Young girls participate in the "masokoaneng" or the rain game. One young lady is chosen to enter a village house and steal the stirring stick or their "lesokoana." If she is caught, she delivers the stick to her village where a victory celebration ensues. Chaac, is the god of lightning and Mayans, on the Yucatan Peninsula, believed that the thunderbolt was responsible for rain. To keep Chaac happy, human sacrifices were offered in water-filled sinkholes called "cenotes." Once Chaac received the offering, he would rise from the well and scratch his curved nose against clouds that were believed to be bellies of rain, showering the crops. Heavy scratching would create a thunderstorm.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Local animal shelter finds new home at state-of-the-art facility
Winter is coming: Prepare for cold temperatures
Deputy's SUV struck, flipped while responding to crash
FDA approves new opioid 1,000 times stronger than Morphine
Southern University's medical marijuana program changes investors