South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z, 2nd Edition by Jeremy Roberts, Ann Bingham

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The Mayan chocolate beverage contained corn flour. Chocolate beverages were most often drunk by the upper classes. Farmers were more likely to grow it, literally, as a cash crop: Both the Maya and Aztec used cacao beans as money. Today, chocolate is produced in huge quantities in manufacturing plants run by computers; in ancient times, chocolate was made by hand. However, the actual process for turning the cacao beans into chocolate has changed very little. The fruit, or pod, is opened and the beans taken out.

Enduring the house of Camazotz was one of the tests put to the Hero Twins in their underworld ordeals. They tricked him by first hiding in their blowguns to protect themselves. Camulatz and Cotzbalam Two of the four mythic birds that helped the wind god Hurakan punish the first humans in the Quiché creation myth recorded in the Popul Vuh. After the gods created the Earth, Sun, Moon, sky, and animals, they decided to make people out of wood to worship the gods and appreciate the world. But the wooden people insulted the gods by ignoring them This ancient Maya sculpture shows the vampire bat god, Camazotz.

It comes from the Nahuatl word cacahuatl. ” The chocolate that was eaten was indeed bitter. It was often combined with hot pepper and other spices, including vanilla, to make a drink that packed an energy-giving punch. The Mayan chocolate beverage contained corn flour. Chocolate beverages were most often drunk by the upper classes. Farmers were more likely to grow it, literally, as a cash crop: Both the Maya and Aztec used cacao beans as money. Today, chocolate is produced in huge quantities in manufacturing plants run by computers; in ancient times, chocolate was made by hand.

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