Rice and religion: The 2 biggest things is Balinese culture


Rice cultivation has been a part of Balinese life since well before the 9th century AD. The island has been developed by an organization called the subak, which controls water courses. The subak and the Goddess of Rice, Dewi Sri are are part and parcel of daily like in Bali, with every sawah, or rice field having a shrine to Dewi Sri.

The original type of rice that grew in Bali (nasi Bali) hasslowly been replaced by newer brands from overseas, that ripen quicker. I was reading that these newer brands have other characteristic too. The rice tends to fall off of the ripened stalks easily, so rather than taking bundle of ripened rice to the village for threshing, the rice must be threshed on site. Men are aways responsible for rice planting, but women and mn help with threshing. Many of the songs and rituals that were shared during the village threshing are dissappearing. As Norm from Eco Lodge pointed out, people look for the easy route, fast growing rice, easy threshing and not returnig the stalks to the field, but burning them instead.

Here in Bali rice has 3 names: padi is growing rice, beras is harvested uncooked rice and nasi is cooked rice.

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