In our home, rice was revered as the most holy of foods.
According to my grandfather Payo, they are birthed in water, as the embryo of cosmic life.
The backbone of every culture since the beginning of time, grains interweave humankind together as a species. Each type of grain serves a specific purpose. The American maize allowed the indigenous people to keep the soil and water alive through reverence and sowing of the land; the hard, beady millet enabled the desert nomads in Africa to fortify themselves; golden wheat provided the strength and fat to the European farmers to sow virgin lands and leave a legacy of green fields; the tiny, translucent grain of quinoa gave the Incas strength to scale the mountains and keep warm as they labored.
In all cultures through out all time and from my travels around the world, I have witnessed the human dignity maintained through the grain.
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