Sasan Dehkhoda Topic: Hunting and killing of animals in general The first chapter of “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” makes it evident that hunting is common in Malawi. On page 10 William Kamkwamba says that his father went hunting with his dad regularly. This would obviously be dangerous because of the wild animals. This is something that people of other cultures might not be familiar with, especially wealthier people. Hunting is not completely uncommon in our culture. However, we are more familiar with the idea of hunting for entertainment. This is not what Kamkwamba refers to in the book. It refers to hunting people forced to risk their lives by hunting dangerous animals with low quality weapons in order to get food. The Malawian people also take hunting very seriously. A sacred ritual would have to be performed before a hunt and these hunts would be initiated by one man. They also believe that the hunters cannot sleep with with his wife the night before in order to stay completely focused. Again, these rituals make their way of hunting unique. Furthermore, on page 9, the author mentions that his grandfather’s grandmother was attacked by a lion. He was just a kid at the time, yet he and other villagers went after the lion with spears and bows. This also shows the dangers that the poorer people of Malawi face. In this instance, they hunt not just for food but in order to save lives and protect themselves which is something people in our culture aren’t familiar with. We never really have to worry about these kinds of dangers yet this is common for many people in Africa. In addition to that, on pages 67 William Kamkwamba tells a story about how the Chewin people had to defeat a dangerous black rhino which had killed several of their people. This again shows the dangers that these people face. But what’s most fascinating is the fact that the chief awarded the killer of the rhino a massive amount of land because he saved them by slaying a dangerous enemy. This emphasizes how seriously they take hunting.