Title

Rice, Culture and Ideology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2021

Abstract

Rice played different roles throughout Filipino history. A magical item in ancient times up to Middle Ages; rice transformed to a consumer product whose consumption reflects the stratification of the Filipino society. From a central cultural element in the Philippines islands rice was gradually downgraded to a side cultural detail due to its commodisation; urbanisation; industrialisation and the Green Revolution. However; in our times rice started to play a new role of cultural artefact referring to invented traditions having little in common with ancient culture of the islanders. Besides; it became a tangible sign of ideological movement against the Green Revolution.

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