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A spirit which brings rain and hail, making him both a positive force which provides water for drinking and farming but which can also make him a negative force associated with floods and dangerous storms. During a drought girls of the villages would make an effigy of the German of rags and clay with large genitals. They would take this down to the river and would bury it or let it float down the river as if performing burial rights for it. Then some of the girls would pretend to mourn the passing of the spirit while the others would inquire what they were mourning, to which they would respond that they were sad that the German had died in order to make the rain fall. If massive amounts of rain fell after that the doll of the German would be dug out of the ground.