Across Southeast Asia, rice is an essential resource, used as a staple food as well as goods for sale. As such, there are many spirits and gods associated with rice, found in countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. In Thailand, there are people who believe in Mae Phosop, sometimes also called Mae Khwan Khao, the rice goddess. She is believed to be the “soul” or “mother” of rice, and thus the common belief is that one cannot live for long without consuming rice. 

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