Two men are dropping a few rice seeds in each hole and tamping soil over them with the butts of their bamboo seed containers. A square altar can be seen on the ground between them. Before starting to plant, they burned some incense on the smoldering log inside the altar and recited a spell to the earth spirit, a Malay practice that they adopted along with swidden farming.
Endicott Image Collection
Rice -- Malaysia -- Kelantan., Batek (Malaysian people) -- Agriculture., Aring River (Malay)