The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia

The Art of Rice

Spirit and Sustenance in Asia

Paperback
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ISBN10: 0930741986 ISBN13: 9780930741983 Contributors: Ammayao, Aurora Publisher: Univ of California Museum of Published: Sep 1 2003 Pages: 552 Weight: 5.65lbs. Height: 11.75" Width: 8.50" Depth: 1.75" Language: English

Publisher's Comments

Explores beliefs and practices relating to rice as they are made manifest in the unique arts and material cultures of Asian peoples Contains magnificent photographs This volume explores beliefs and practices relating to rice as they are made manifest in the unique arts and material cultures of the various peoples who live throughout South, Southeast, and East Asia. Incorporating essays by 27 authorities representing a wide variety of cultures and perspectives, the lavishly illustrated book describes rice-related rituals and beliefs in Thailand, Nepal, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, China, and Korea. Throughout, the juxtaposition of magnificent photographs of works of art - paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, and sculpture - with objects of a more humble nature - agricultural implements, rice-straw ornaments, cooking utensils, baskets, puppets, votive plaques, and more - serves to indicate the striking pervasiveness of rice in all aspects and all walks of life. Wedding ceremonies, parades, festivals, celebrations of birth, rites held to honor the rice goddess, and those performed to ensure success at every step in the rice-growing cycle are vividl

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