Paranormal Activity in Africa: The Art of Rain Making and Prevention in Igbo Society

Chinwe Umegbolu, Obiwuru Chidera Rex

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One of the vagaries of ancient times, that is, prior to the advent of science, technology and sophisticated technologies of today, is weather, or rain. The African man, in his search and quest to influence weather conditions, resorted to, as partly revealed in this study, using esoteric or supernatural power as a means to an end. With the help of supernatural power, which can be used generally for good or evil, the African man was [and is still] able to cause the sky to unleash water on the earth and its inhabitants, and to cause rain to cease when it’s probably not needed by the ‘rain-maker or the people. Be that as it may, this work is a qualitative research that seeks to investigate how the [ancient] Igbo people were able to handle the vagaries of weather prior to the advent of science and technology. The objective of the study is to analyze in detail, using primary and secondary data, the concepts of rainmaking, the impact of Religion and whether rainmaking and prevention is paranormal activity, in Igboland precisely? The theory of incantation is employed for a proper analysis of the subject matter.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)123-128
JournalJournal International du Bon Berger
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Paranormal activity
  • Rain making and prevention
  • Igbo society
  • Incantation
  • Religion
  • Africa
  • Nigeria


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