Since time immemorial, rainmakers, masters of the arts of 'rain preventing' and 'rain calling', have been revered as important figures in the religious and social scopes of African societies. Amongst the Igbo, these men, known in some dialects as 'ogha nmiri', are sought out by celebrants and communities alike to forecast any weather that might prove disastrous to upcoming occasions, as a precautionary measure.

If rains were to be predicted, the rainmaker would perform various rituals to spiritual forces that would dispel such weather. In the same vein, a client could hire a rainmaker to cause disruptive, torrential rains on another person's function.


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