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Fun? Alchemy wants something fun? In the Himalayas, China, India, and Pakistan have armies staring at each other over dwindling ice fields. The high plains in the US are in the process of drying up and blowing away. In monsoon prone cities from Manila to Mumbai, residents have taken to putting boats on their roofs for the inevitable flooding. OPEC has been replaced by the Organization of Water Exporting Countries. And the dwindling few with enough money and self-delusion are still buying bottled water from remote Pacific islands. Alchemy wants fun and spectacular.

Fine, I wanted to make everyone do a water version of Ramadan and shut off water during daylight hours, but getting thirsty and smelly and not being able to flush - not fun. So let's bring on the gods, well, not just gods.

In cities worldwide, agents and others will take over the hearts of each places dressed - no, not just dressed - incarnating the myths and stories we have about water. Poseidon will shake his trident as mermaids and naiads and other water nymphs flirt shamelessly. Noah and his family will herd animals through the streets looking for his ark. Dragon boats on wheels will race down roadways. Odysseus will ask for directions home. Ganges will ask passersby if they want a sponge bath. Balloons of Mizuchi, Godzilla, and the Loch Ness monster will float above the crowds. Sedna will be seen arm in arm with Aegir and Tlaloc. Paul Atreides will lead his fierce fremen through the ma****. And so many others, so many legends, stories, myths, and gods. And all the media will be asking what is this about?

Eventlually, someone will figure it out, post it to the net, give the secret to the riddle - water is sacred. When scientists look for life, they look for water. When many seek religious purity, they wash or baptize. When we are born, the waters break. Our blood is the ocean. And yet people need to be reminded. They need fun. They need spectacular.

If Gods and myths and legends walking the streets isn't good enough for Alchemy, he plan next year's himself ...


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Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 27, 2010 at 9:59am
+1 Creativity Agent Mulkerin. Don't forget the rain dancers and rainmakers from Africa.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 27, 2010 at 10:30am
Wow, great post. When gods and goddesses walked the earth...

@a.v.koshy Its interesting how many tropical countries have a new years celebration (around March right) where they have a massive water fight. The definitely do it in Thailand for Songkran

and in Latin America for Carnival

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Here in the US we don't really do that, we light the sky on fire or throw beads at boobs instead of dousing our friends and family with water....
Comment by Peggie Scott on March 27, 2010 at 10:51am
Great idea, lots of fun. I'll research and dress as someone mythical from the land I'll be living in at the time.
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on March 27, 2010 at 11:12am
@Shakwei Not my intention, just my ignorance. I'd love to know of any water related deities or myths from Africa. I'm all for learning more.
Comment by Linda Holt on March 28, 2010 at 10:57am
I like Coventina. . .She has all of the attributes I find important in a water goddess.

Coventina is a Celtic river goddess known for healing. She is also associated with renewal, abundance, new beginnings, life cycles, inspiration, childbirth, wishes and prophecy. . .
http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Coventina.html

Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 28, 2010 at 7:58pm
@Mark, I have posted a blog on our Raindance in 2020. You could also google the famous South African Rain Queen.
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on March 28, 2010 at 11:16pm
@Shakwei I will have a look. Wikipedia hadn't had much (at least in the article I was using for ideas).
Comment by ninmah on March 30, 2010 at 8:59pm
Okay, that qualifies as fun. I love it! I'm in :-)

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