WEATHER & RELIGION. Is it not true that ancient people formed their religions with weather as an integral part of their concern? Here was an unpredictable, uncontrollable force that could bless or punish. Were there actions one could take, rituals one could perform, sacrifices one could offer to make the skies behave for one's benefit? Could the weather be appeased? Was one being punished when lightning struck or floods flowed? I shudder just thinking of the human atrocities that have occurred in the name of "sacred" weather.