I love mountains. I also love stairs. So, my first glimpse of mountains covered in rice terraces was thrilling! Someday it would be really nice to visit some and experience them for myself (I may not have to travel so far, as you’ll see).
What I didn’t know s just how ancient these terraces are, and how common!
The most famous terraces are in the jungle of the northern Philippines. My kids are just finishing up a missionary story about a lady who went to live in one of these valleys. The people had been repairing and using their stone terraces for as far back as their memory went. Our best guess is that they are 2 to 3 thousand years old.
Since I’ve run into some other terraces while studying other cultures, I decided to find out how old these terraces can be and how common they are…
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