The Legend Of The First Rice

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Who wouldn't love rice? One may not love it but, at least maybe like it. This grain serves as the staple food on some parts of the world such as the Asian countries and West Indies.

And when it comes to rice talk, I had grew up around rice field and seeing the rice grow from being the seedlings into matured plants for the harvesting season is just such a wonder. It requires a lot of tending and hard work of the farmers for everyone to have a good supply of rice grains.

Anyway, there is a legend that says there's no such thing as rice before. And just how did rice came into existence then?

There was no such thing as a rice plant a long time ago. People of those days relies on hunting as a source of food. They also gathers fruits and go fishing to have something on the table. But even though they have to look or go hunting for food, people are happily living.

But then, time came that its getting harder for them. The fruits were almost all gone while they can no longer rely on hunting as there's no animals left in the forest. The town people just felt sad.

To have something to feed their families, the men went to the mountains to try their luck on hunting in the mountains. They were just so tired and so hungry from all that climbing they did. It was indeed a hot day. They decided to stop for few minutes to take a rest under some tall, big trees. They we're resting, sitting on the grassy fields when a group of beautiful maidens appeared to be passing by in their direction. Unknown to them, these were fairies, powerful but kind-hearted fairies.

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The fairies invited the hunters to come with them and they went to a cave. On the cave, they saw more fairies. It is like being in another world, a world of magic and beautiful fairies, and to mention they have a fairy queen in there! But what they know is that they are just in a cave on their way in the mountains. These could just be a dream. But for them to be having the same dream? That can't be, this is real. There they had fun, sang, and danced.

There was a big feast. And the first thing the hunters noticed was the large size of goblets filled with white food they hadn't seen before. They just can't keep their eyes off it as they hadn't seen anything like it. It might have been thousands of those white, grains in those goblets.

At last the festivity was over. They did ate those white foods in the goblets and these turned the men into kids again! Kids once again but they have the strength of adults. The fairies asked them to drink white wines and this gave them knowledge.

It was getting dark and the men (which had turned into kids) now wanted to go home. Just when they are about to leave the cave, the queen of the fairies speaks:

" I am giving each one of you some grains. Plant these on rainy seasons. I know you all have a kind heart that's why I know this grains will sprout," the fairy queen said. The plants will bear grains, harvest it ."

"Then, pound the harvested grains and clean it. The grains will be called rice, cook it. That will be your source of food. And that, is my gift to the mortals. Leave now. Go home."


A bowl of rice. Would you like some?
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The people followed the queen's instructions.

To their families surprised, the white grains tastes good. It was the very first rice eaten by people. And since it serves as their supply of food, they had learned planting the grains every rainy season. And that's the start of rice planting, giving people the grains they need for food.

There are many recipes that goes for rice these days, and this grains that was only known in white color, now comes in other colors as well. A brown, red, black and a golden rice.

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Pennypines 4 years ago

Well, as ungrammatical as this tale is, a good story nevertheless. I can only assume English is not the first language for the author.

Born and raised in the Far East, I will attest that rice is one of the healthiest of all grains. I personally prefer it plain boiled or steamed as the Japanese and Chinese use it. But there are literally hundreds of dishes, such as Bamboo Rice, Mushroom Rice, Pilaf with its many variations, and best of all, Chirashi or Gon-moku (five ingredient) rice made with a variety of vegetables. All delicious and nutritious.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I enjoyed the legend, as I always do. Thanks for acquainting me with your life's parables.


parwatisingari 4 years ago

great story, enjoyed the legend, I am a rice eater, when my daughter was pre-schooler food to her meant rice. she would quietly wait and say give me food, no matter what other stuff was on the table, she needed and still needs her rice.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Pennypines: Those you mentioned sounds interesting. I might as well search for recipes and try it ^-^' And yes, English would be my second language.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Aviannovice: And thank you for dropping by :) I wish I won't run out of legends ^-^'

@ Parwatisingari: Glad you enjoyed the story ^-^' Rice is our staple food as well, but there are still times that I thought of it, you know, having rice at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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