I’m working on a african studies writing question and need guidance to help me understand better.
Analyze how the Songhay deal with droughts â€œlogicallyâ€ (in a manner that is meaningful and effective, from their point of view) in the context of their rain dance and associated behaviors. Â
Things you might consider in your analysis:Â
What rain pattern needs to happen for their farms to flourish? What controls the rain, according to Songhay traditions? From their point of view, how does peopleâ€™s behavior cause a drought? What evidence can you find, in their rain ceremony, of people being organized and purposeful in trying to deal with droughts? What sorts of specialists in Songhay society help people get rain, and how do they go about it? From their point of view, what aspects of the rain dance and spiritual solution to drought are logical (make sense)? Explain how Songhay spirits help people get rain. If people donâ€™t get rain, what other meaningful results do they get out of the effort to organize rain dances and communicate with the spirits?