The sky rains fish, and it’s a blessing from God, villagers say. Some suspect science

Monday, 17 July 2017, 05:23:01 AM. Poverty is universal in La Unión, Honduras, and meals often are constituted of little more than the subsistence crops residents grow – mainly corn and beans. But every once in a while, the villagers say, the skies rain fish.
Things don’t come easy in La Unión, a small community on the periphery of Yoro, a farming town in north-central Honduras. Poverty is universal, jobs are scarce, large families are crammed into mud-brick homes and meals often are constituted of little more than the subsistence crops residents grow – mainly corn and beans. But every once in a while an amazing thing happens, something that makes the residents of La Unión feel pretty special. The skies, they say, rain fish. It happens every year – at least once and often more, residents say – during the late spring and early summer. And only under specific conditions: a torrential downpour, thunder and lightning, conditions so intense that nobody dares to go outside. Once the storm clears, the villagers grab buckets and baskets and head down the road to a sunken pasture where the ground will be covered in hundreds of small, silver-colored fish. For some, it is the only time of the year they will have a chance to eat seafood. “It’s a miracle,” explained Lucio Pérez, 45, a farmer who has lived in the La Unión community for 17 years. “We see it as a blessing from God.” Pérez has heard the various scientific theories for the phenomenon. Each, he says, is riddled with uncertainty. “No, no, there’s no explanation,” he asserted, shaking his head. “What we say here in Yoro is that these fish are sent by the hand of God.” The phenomenon has happened in and around the town for generations, residents say, from time to time shifting...Read more
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