Beras – Splendour of a continent

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Rice blades in Berbah, Jogjakarta.

Text & Photos by Jon Ramlan

Rice is life to the people of Asia; as Asians, we all know that. We also know that it is more than just food. It is central to the Asian way of life – its culture, spirituality and traditions, especially for those whose lives embody the rural/agricultural realm.

My pictorial showcases the beauty of rice – the grain that shapes cultures, diet and creates economies for the people of Asia. Cultivated in the vast landscapes that Mother Nature provides, harvest time gives a breathtaking and picturesque view that stretches across the horizon.

A stunning view: Mount Merapi overlooking a paddy field in Jogjakarta.
A fine day: the harvest begins
The unassuming rice grain and its protective husk.
Harvested rice seeds on a wooden slat.

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic No.74 Issue 4 /2010 ) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

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