I find it interesting and somewhat awkward how Cusco popular belief relates rain with women.

As a light but continuous rain fell down yesterday, Sunday 10, I was told by a local friend of mine that this kind of rain is known as china para which in quechua means female rain. I could not help asking him the reason of this peculiar nickname.

Jode y jode (annoy and annoy, to say the least), he plainly remarked.

I consider this joke is part of the male chauvinism which still prevails in most places of Perú. On the other hand, it is public opinion that women from Cusco or cusqueñas boast a strong temper. Still, the expression made me laugh a little bit and think for a while as well.

Finally, my friend added this sort of rain is good for agriculture. After all, you should not blame it on the rain.

Rain Does Not Warn You:

Talking about rain, it may usually rain during August which is still within the dry season along the Andes. It is known as cabañuelas or cabanillas, and it may last a few days. This year, for example, it lasted three days almost at the end of the month.

According to local and ancient tradition, August is regarded as a weather calendar which foretells what it is going to happen the next twelve months. Each day starting from the first to the twelfth is matched with the corresponding month. Thus, day 1 is August, day 2 is September and so on. Then, the next three days are not considered, and the count restarts on the 16 till the 28 of August.

The amazing point of all this is that local people and especially farmers believe that what happens to the climate each day during August will also occur the whole corresponding month. I was told that the foretelling was pretty accurate the last years, but not this one. This August was a sunny month so that last Sunday rain has raised a few doubts about how the weather would behave the next twelve months.

I think popular belief is based on some kind of actual knowledge which science is not able to decipher as a whole, but people believe on that knowledge and their lifestyle is just a reflection of it.

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