The Origin of Rice (Bohol) In the olden days, famine gripped the land. The desperate people implored their goddess to save them. The godess name is Sappia. Moved by pity, the goddess descended to the earth. Weeks passed and the weeds grew and became heavy with grain. But when she pressed her bosom again, only blood came out When she was done, she then bent low over the plants and pleaded with them to flourish and feed her again. When the people harvested the stalks and pounded these open, some grains were as white as the goddess’ milk while some were are red as her blood. The people cooked these and found these nourishing. Rejoicing, for at last they have sustenance, They gave thanks to the goddess. as they re-planted and harvested this weed which is what is now known as rice.