Definition of rain dance in English:

rain dance


  • A ritual dance to summon rain, as practised by some Pueblo Indians and other peoples.

    • ‘In Izalco, the period between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated with nightly processions and Jeu Jeu, an Amerindian rain dance.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I carry out an annual rain dance around the time of the race and we all just pray that the conditions are going to be right.’’
    • ‘Maybe if I did a rain dance, it would start raining, and I'd forget.’
    • ‘Early people learned how to make fire and modify their micro-environments; rain dances and other rituals to alleviate droughts are part of our folklore.’
    • ‘Many cultural traditions such as rain dances were, after all, just unsuccessful attempts at science.’
    • ‘After lunch with the Mayor and Shire President, I duly performed my rain dance in a parched field before some sceptical farmers, interested but cautious Aboriginal Elders, and the TV3 camera crew.’
    • ‘As was widely expected amongst the cricket fraternity, the drawing of pretty white lines upon grass is very similar to a rain dance.’
    • ‘The rain dance from the American Indians certainly worked, as on Friday afternoon there was a terrific downpour.’
    • ‘As an entire nation prays for more rain, a group of nomadic women performs a rain dance, but even they know that a country cannot survive on hope alone.’
    • ‘He lies about the rain which fell just after my rain dances in both New Zealand and Australia.’


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