10. Rice and Rice Culture. Cultivation and Worship of a Divine Plant in Western Odisha
Uwe Skoda [+]
Aarhus University, Denmark
Uwe Skoda discusses rice culture amongst the Aghrias, a local peasant community in Odisha. The chapter introduces various categories of rice and cultivation techniques, thus demonstrating the extensive agricultural knowledge of Aghria peasants. Furthermore it is shown how rice unites and synchronizes various human and earth cycles in its manifestations as plant, as food, and finally as the goddess Lakṣmī.