Thai farmers pray for end to crippling drought

Ban Lueam, Thailand • Under the scorching sun, dozens of Thai villagers, dressed in flowery shirts and traditional costumes, parade a white cat caged in a bamboo-woven basket door-to-door and let neighbors splash water on the unlucky feline, while chanting an ancient tune: “Rain, rain, come pouring down. We barely had any this year. Without rain, our rice will die.” It’s a desperate plea to the god of rain, in the belief it will hear the cat’s cry and answer the farmers’ prayers. Thailand’s rain...

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