Chocolate God

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The Aztecs and the Mayans were the first people groups to cultivate the cocoa bean and make chocolate.  They would grind up the cocoa seeds and mix it with water to create a drink.  They also used the beans it to make a porridge, and mixed it with various spices.

The Aztecs considered chocolate “food for the gods” and it was served to royal families in golden goblets.  However, the Mayans believed chocolate was a gift from the cocoa god.

In the 1500’s, Cortez exported the cocoa bean to Europe.  The Europeans began mixing it with sugar and the popularity of chocolate spread like wild fire.

I recommend you take a moment today and enjoy a heavily snack of chocolate.  Don’t forget to truly savor the flavor and enjoy each moment.

 

(sources:  www.chocolate-history.co.uk and http://www.exhibits.mannlib.cornell.edu)

 

Rainbow Myths

Throughout history mankind has developed stories to explain why rainbows exist.

According to Norse mythology, rainbows are bridges that connect earth to the God’s home.

The Navajo people believed rainbows were the pathway of the spirits.

In Hindu mythology the rainbow was thought to be an archer’s bow and it was used by the god of thunder and war (Indra).

Irish legend claims there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but it is guarded by a leprechaun.

There are numerous such stories.  If you know of some not listed in this blog, please share them in the comment section.

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