Ancient wisdom and weather

Sujata C

pigeons Long, long ago, when humans were hunters and gatherers they observed the natural and heavenly phenomena keenly and concluded that certain things were indicators of others to follow. In this high-tech age, when the weather reporter stands in front of a digitised map and spouts calculated wisdom, it might be interesting to give your geography class some insights into how the ancients looked at weather. The information in this article could form the basis for further discussion and research, or used by the students to create presentations.

Quiet observations and valuable experience formed a treasure house of knowledge that was passed on from generation to generation over thousands of years. Even today in places where there is no electricity, newspapers and met office, people depend on natural phenomenon to predict weather.

The author is a freelance writer based in Hyderabad. She can be reached at [email protected].

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