Rice: The Grain That Shapes Cultures, Traditions and Rituals
Over the centuries, rice has sculpted the culture of Asia. It is the grain that
links Heaven and Earth, mortals and gods. Wherever the crop has been planted,
festivals, traditions, rituals, and languages celebrate its importance.
Even for those for whom rice is an everyday sight, something magical—spiritual—still
radiates from the depths of the green fields.
Across Asia, the rice spirit is nearly always female—and is often thought
of as a mother figure.
The notable exception, however, is in the Philippines, where the gods are
almost all males.
Explore the rich, fascinating Cultural Heritage
of rice—and take a peak at the Rice Gallery.
You’ll learn something about yourself and your ancestors.
Ceremonies, Rituals, and Festivals
Rice in Greetings, Meanings, and Symbolism
Medicinal Uses of Rice
Rice Gallery On Exhibit!
Wherever rice is grown, it dominates the landscape by
sculpting mountains, leveling the uneven, and greening the world.
Rice in the Weave
Women in rice societies even express the importance of this grain in
The world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to rice.
Mountains of Rice: Beauty and Toil
The Ifugao of northern Luzon, Philippines, as captured in the stunning
black-and-white photography of anthropologist Harold Conklin.