Vietnamese people believe that the water buffalo is a god. Long ago, the water buffalo god lived in the sky, and he was sent to earth with two gifts: grass and rice. The god of the sky told the buffalo to plant the rice first, and the grass second. But the water buffalo forgot the order when he reached earth and planted grass first. The grass grew quickly, and filled up the available land. Then the water buffalo planted the rice. But because he planted it second, it only grew in a few places, and was more difficult to cultivate. The sky god was angry with the water buffalo, and as punishment he was turned into his present form and had to stay on earth forever, helping humans with their work and farming.