A chocolate habit in ancient North America


Fri, Aug 29, 2014 - 7:45am -- (View the original ScienceMagazine.com article.)


For centuries, elite people in ancient Mesoamerica drank a foaming beverage made from the ground beans of the tropical Theobroma cacaotree. Served in cylindrical jars and spouted pitchers, this was a chocolate drink steeped in ritual. Priests prepared the beverage in religious ceremonies, and in their great cities in present-day Mexico and Central America the Maya honored the cacao god Ek Chuah.

Steve Wolverton, a geographer at the University of North Texas, is quoted in this article.

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