Ancient Chinese fable – Whence Comes Rice?








Whence Comes Rice?

The grandsons of Cai Jing, the notorious prime minister, who grew up in riches, could not tell wheat from rice.

One day, while having a meal, Cai Jing said, “You eat rice every day. Do you know where it comes from?”

“From the mortar, ” one hazarded. Cai Jing laughed.

“No, it doesn’t!” said the other. “It comes from rush-mats. I saw it!” In those days rice was transported into the capital in bags made of rush-mats, hence the conclusion.

Du Xing Za Zhi

(杨宪益、戴乃迭 译)

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