Many different types of "rain dances" can be found in many cultures, from Ancient Egypt to certain Native American tribes. In the 20th century Balkans, a ritual known as Paparuda (Romanian) or Perperuna (Slavic) is a type of rain dance.
The Cherokee tribe, an ethnic Native American tribe from the Southeastern United States used rain dances to both create rain and to remove evil spirits from the earth. The legend of the tribe says that the rain created has the spirits of the former leaders of the tribe. During the rain, these spirits fight the evil spirits in a place between our reality and the spirit world.[source?] These raindances are also seen as acts of worship.
Feathers and turquoise are worn during the dance. They symbolize wind and rain. Many traditions of the Rain Dance are passed down through history by people telling their children about them in stories.
Hacker's jargon [change]
- Any ceremonial action taken to fix a hardware problem in which nothing is expected to happen. For example, taking printed circuit boards out and putting them back in for a better connection or reconnecting cables. “I can't get the machine to work. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance.”
Search and rescue [change]
In search and rescue, "rain dance" is a way to decide how far apart people should be in a line so that they do not miss finding something or waste effort.
Settler times [change]
In an early type of meteorology, Native Americans in the midwestern parts of modern United States often tracked and followed known weather patterns. They would do a raindance for settlers in return for trade items. This is best known to happen among Osage and Quapaw Indian tribes of Missouri and Arkansas.
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- "The Jargon file verson 4.4.7 - Rain dance". December 9, 2003. http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/R/rain-dance.html. Retrieved 2008-07-21.