Myths and legends

Rice is one of the basic and ancestral foods of the world's population and, therefore it is not surprising that in every culture a series of legends and myths exist surrounding this sacred grain.

Despite cultural and religious differences, the one thing that coincides in different civilizations is that rice is a food offered by the gods and should be venerated as such. In China several legends exist as this is currently the country with the largest production. One is that a goddess visited all points of the compass besieged by hunger until in one place she found a herb and undressed in front of it. From the plant's bud trickled a few drops of milk and the goddess gave a few drops of blood. From this arose rice: white inside and red outside.

The one thing that coincides in different civilizations is that rice is a food offered by the gods and should be venerated as such.

Another Chinese legend tells that in a distant time, the Goddess of Rice competed with Buddha too demonstrate her power.At a celebration held by Buddha, the Goddess of Rice suddenly disappeared and the guests, very unhappy, did not want to continue the party. Aware of this, Buddha then decided to find her and convince her to return. This legend explains how the most ancient of Chinese beliefs, (the Goddess of Rice) shares a major role with the Buddhist religion introduced from India.

In India they tell that one day the goddess Banbarazon, became aware of the hunger that her people were suffering, and to help them, secretly descended to the fields of shoots during the night. When she arrived, she squeezed her breasts until they expressed milk, but the last drop was of blood. From that day on, the buds of the plants produced some useless red grains and the white rice, which served to feed all her people.

Another Indian legend speaks of the god Shiva, who having created a beautiful woman fell in love with her. In order to marry, she imposed the condition of receiving a food that she would never tire of. Shiva could not find it, and the maiden died of grief. Forty days later an unknown plant sprouted from her tomb, which Shiva recognised as the food his beloved desired. He collected its grains and distributed them throughout his kingdom.

The Arabs say that rice comes from a drop of Mohammed's sweat of and the African legends tell how rice was fertilized with the blood of the first man.