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Book: Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion

Chapter: 10. Rice and Rice Culture. Cultivation and Worship of a Divine Plant in Western Odisha

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.30837


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.

Chapter Contributors

  • Uwe Skoda ( - uskoda) 'Aarhus University, Denmark'