A clearing in a dense forest is the scene of a tribal gathering. The gods require appeasing and an extended session of lamentation, begging forgiveness for their trespasses, for a week or so without food or water is all that will suffice. Like your god, their god is kind of a prick. They're not sure what they've done but the cocoa crop was weak this year meaning a long, hungry period awaits them prior to working up the next crop.
Applications wherein apologies by whole societies are offered up to bearded sky-dwellers and deeds performed in hopes of the apology being accepted, seen as sincere.
Sources are altered human voices and the Public Domain film Thunderbolts 1
in the Community Video Collection at Internet Archive
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