The Legend of Rice
Who wouldn't love rice? One may not love it but, at least maybe like it. This grain serves as the staple food in some parts of the world such as the Asian countries and West Indies.
I grew up around rice fields seeing the hard labor of plowing fields to rice planting and harvesting. It isn't an easy job under the scourging heat of the sun.It requires a lot of tending and hard work of the farmers for everyone to have a good supply of rice grains.
But do you know that there's a legend that says there's no such thing as rice before? Rice doesn't exist. So where did rice come from then? Read and learn the story of the first rice in this Filipino legend.
People those days rely on hunting as a source of food. They also rely on fruits and would go fishing to have something on the table. But despite of that simplicity of life, people are happy in their way of living.
But then, time came where it's getting harder for them. The fruits were almost all gone and they can no longer rely on hunting as well as there are no animals left in the forest. This saddened the town's people.
The men went to the mountains to try their luck on hunting in the mountains just to have something to feed their families. 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 big and tall trees. They were 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.
The fairies invited the hunters to come with them and they went to a cave. In the cave, they saw more fairies. It is like being in another world, a world of magic and where beautiful fairies exist, and seeing that they have a fairy queen as well surprised the hunters more. But what they know is that they are just in a cave on their way in the mountains. These could just be just a dream. But for them to be having the same dream? That can't be, this is real. There they had fun, they 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 eat those white grains 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 these 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."
The people followed the queen's instructions.
To their families surprised, the white grains taste 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 for rice these days, and these grains serving as staple food to some also comes in different colors aside from the known white grains -- brown, red, black and golden rice.