Thailand is the world largest exporter of rice, and it is the staple part of a Thai diet. Rice is by no means just a food source in Thai culture but is also associated with certain gods and traditions, differing in certain regions.

It is unacceptable in Thailand to leave rice on your plate to be thrown away, as it is widely believed that it will anger the ‘god of rice’ a female deity who ensures that everyone will have enough food to survive upon.