Nakbas and Rice Cycles

Article by Correspondent Dallas Darling Rice farming is not only of great cultural and economic importance to the Japanese, but it is also of great religious, spiritual, and political importance. The planting, growing, and harvesting of rice plants signifies the rice cycle: a rhythm of life that guides rural communities and which includes well-being and wholeness. Seeds are sown in the spring in special seed beds. Weeks later, the seedlings are set out by hand in a complex maze of irrigated, flooded paddy fields. These fields are carefully nourished and tended by hand. When the rice is ripe, the paddy fields are drained and prepared for next year’s unrealized rice crop. After the ripe… – Photown News