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Mayan temple goes chocolate

Published: 06/30/2012

Mayan temple goes chocolate

Ray Pearson

A thousand years ago, give or take a century, the magnificent Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza was built by the Mayan people on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Temple architecture provided exact astronomical information about solstices, equinoxes, and the Mayan calendar. Symbolically, the pyramid's four faces each contain a stairway of 91 steps, with a platform on top, equaling 365 - the number of days on the Mayan calendar.

The Mayans were one of the earliest civilizations to cultivate cacao trees and realize the wonders of what we now call chocolate. They worshipped the cacao tree and its beans as food of the gods, and cocoa beans were used as currency among the Mayans and Aztecs. What's that about money not growing on trees?...


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