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Offline thaiga

Parched Isaan village ‘cat parade’ uses teddy bear
« on: September 03, 2018, 05:20:21 PM »

Parched Isaan village opts for politically correct ‘cat parade’

 There’s a cat in an Isaan village that got a break this past weekend as concerns over possible animal cruelty prompted the organisers of a “cat parade” to switch to a teddy bear instead.

The traditional rainmaking ritual took place in Nong Ma, a village in Tambon Makha in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Noen Sung district.

The three-day ceremony ended on Monday with every village cat safe from harm or humiliation.

 Days without rain had left rice crops withering, with some farmers blaming the setback on climate change but others insisting that the gods were frowning on Nong Ma.

The ancient rite of parading a live female cat in a cage around the village was suggested.

The tradition calls for residents to splash water on it as the cage is carried past, the reasoning being that every mewl of protest from the cat would be a plea for rain clouds to appear.

These are modern times, though, and some felt there was no need to “torture” a live animal.

A stuffed teddy bear suited the purpose instead, though at press time its silent protests had still produced no rain.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline thaiga

Re: Parched Isaan village ‘cat parade’ uses teddy bear
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 01:01:02 PM »
You should follow the tradition with a cat, not a teddybear, i should think the cat is a bit upset as he would have been the star of the show ;D it's the cats wailing and crying whilst being splashed with water which is thought to bring the rains on. i think the wet pussy might just have done the trick

As the rain throws it down for most, there is still a shortage  for some as

Govt to perform cloud seeding in several provinces

Farmers in 22 Chao Phraya River provinces have asked officials to perform cloud seeding operations, in order to replenish agricultural zones.

Deputy Prime Minister General Chatchai Sarikalya, says that the current average water supply of the nation is quite low. He explained that recent heavy downpours were concentrated in certain areas, leaving many provinces short of water. To address the issue, the Deputy Prime Minister has instructed the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation to perform Royal Rainmaking operations over these provinces, adding that the government will devise a water storage strategy for these drought-stricken zones.

General Chatchai, who is a former Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, added that there is no plan to release water from dams servicing the 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River basin until after the harvest season. He pointed out that this year, agriculturalists in these provinces are cooperating with the administration’s plan to use their farmland as water retention areas. The flooded zones can then be used to farm fish, which, according to the feedback, yields better income than off-season rice farming.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.