Back, way back, way back in time, the ancient Aztecs used cacao seeds for spiritual and ceremonial purposes, as when sacrificial victims were given cacao drinks mixed with human blood in order to prepare them to have their heart cut out and held up, still beating, to the Sun.
For thousands of years cacao was considered their most valuable food, especially as they associated chocolate with Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent god who, according to legend, was cast away by the other gods for sharing chocolate with humans.
Also used as currency, 30 cacao beans would buy you a rabbit or 70 beans, a turkey.
Actually in those times, having your heart removed forcibly from your chest was not the worst thing that could happen to you by any means, but we needn’t go into the Rain Creation Rituals here. This is meant to be a happy place. Don’t Google…
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