‘With grains in her hair’: rice in colonial Brazil

  title={‘With grains in her hair’: rice in colonial Brazil},
  author={Judith A. Carney},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={1 - 27}
Most people associate rice with Asia. But rice is also of African origin. Among the two dozen species of the Oryza genus only two were domesticated, one in Asia (Oryza sativa), the other in West Africa (Oryza glaberrima). While Asia has long been synonymous with the culture of rice, Africa has not. However, a notable exception occurs in isolated communities of north-eastern South America where descendants of slaves and maroons commemorate rice as part of their African heritage. From Suriname to… 

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