Wednesday 5 October 2011

The Thai farmer

Rice is vitally important to Thailand.  Not only does it provide food and work, but it's also one of the main exports of the country.  You can see how much it is part of everyday life from the words meaning to eat, "kin khao" where khao means rice.

Needless to say, the traditional way of life is changing and modern technology is taking over.  The way of life and its rituals are disappearing, along with the delicately balanced ecosystem in the rice fields which is home to a wide variety of animals.  Modern machinery and pesticides are threatening the balance. A Chinese proverb says "Precious things are not pearls and jade but the five grains, of which rice is the finest".

The card says, "It's still hot and sunny although it will be August soon.  No rain!"  Rice is traditionally planted when the rains start sometime in May.  At this time the Royal Ploughing Ceremony takes place in Bangkok , as it has for about 700 years, to mark the start of the new season.
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  1. There is something beautiful about that farming method, although it looks like it could be hard on the back.

  2. I love that proverb. I had to Google it (seriously, my life had no direction before Google) and as far as I can tell, the five grains were millet, rice, barley, hemp and silk. I love rice, I could eat it 7 days a week.

  3. @Christine, hard on the back, certainly! I couldn't do it.

    @Emm, I still remember the day I was introduced to Google searches. :) I think that's all they did in those days. I'm with you on the rice. I love it.


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