Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

The Rice Myths in Asia: The Comparative Literature Study

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315613,
        author={Sastri  Sunarti and Ninawati  Syahrul and Atisah  Atisah and Erli  Yetti},
        title={The Rice Myths in Asia:  The Comparative Literature Study},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICON-DEMOST},
        year={2022},
        month={2},
        keywords={myths of rice plant; asia; comparative literary study; topoi},
        doi={10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315613}
    }
    
  • Sastri Sunarti
    Ninawati Syahrul
    Atisah Atisah
    Erli Yetti
    Year: 2022
    The Rice Myths in Asia: The Comparative Literature Study
    ICON-DEMOST
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315613
Sastri Sunarti1,*, Ninawati Syahrul1, Atisah Atisah1, Erli Yetti1
  • 1: The Agency for Language Development and Cultivation Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Republic of Indonesia Jalan Daksinapati Barat IV, Rawamangun, Jakarta Timur
*Contact email: sastri.sunarti@gmail.com

Abstract

The main aim of the paper is to compare the rice plant myths from the Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Japan, and India. Data was collected through literature study and then, ten stories of the rice myths will be analyzed uses the literary comparative study approach. The comparison includes the version, theme, and topoi of the story. The results of comparison are differences and similarities of the story based on topoi and theme. In addition, the rice myth is also closely related to the concept of the Mother Goddess; a concept that identifies the mother/woman as the earth or the source of life. Meanwhile, the most topoi which is found in the story are sacrifice and transformation that means respect and praise for the earth among the agrarian community culture.