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Mayan Underworld

Every culture in Mesoamerica had their own beliefs of what the underworld was like, though they would often share aspects of each other’s beliefs. The Mayan underworld was specifically referred to as Xibalba (Shee-bal-ba), which translates as “Place of Fright.” Obviously the underworld was not a place one had aspirations of visiting, however there was not much chance of escaping this final destination. 576 more words

Three technologies people think pre-contact Native Americans didn't have (that they actually did)

1. Writing

By this point in time, it’s fairly well-accepted and fairly well-known that Mesoamerican peoples used writing systems, the most famous being Classic Maya writing. 1,166 more words

Great Lakes

friday feast: spicing things up with Salsa: Un poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta and Duncan Tonatiuh

Put on your aprons and dancing shoes, it’s time to SALSA!

So pleased to see another yummy book in Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poem Series… 1,014 more words

Poetry Friday

The sweep of a life

Okay, so I promised you some critical throat-clearing, right? Maybe I should say threatened rather than promised? Whatever the case, this is the first (and maybe last) exercise to that point. 2,336 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

How Cacahuatl Became Chocolate

Many modern-day chocolate enthusiasts are surprised to learn that when the Spaniards first encountered Mesoamerica they were repulsed by the cacao-beverage of the native Aztecs. Due to its gritty texture and bitter taste, some even said it was more of a drink for pigs than humans and even barbaric, due to the sight of Aztecs with red-stained mouths as if they had been drinking blood due to their achiote-laced chocolate. 856 more words

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Comparing Use of Chocolate/Cacao in Mesoamerica and Baroque Europe

English chocolate house in the 1800’s

Codex Féjérvary-Mayer

Are some foods more than just a way to find sustenance? Even before the Classic Maya era, cacao was viewed as one of the most important goods a person could obtain, due to its deeply held social, religious, and economic value in society. 552 more words

How the Molinillo Historically Changed Chocolate Drinks, Leading to a Modern Revolution in Perfecting Drink Making


 Who does not enjoy a frothed beverage?

The molinillo artifact was invented by the Spanish colonists in the 16th century and is often described as a “whisk”, “stirrer”, or “stirring spoon” and was designed to assist in the frothing process for drinks such as hot chocolate and champurrado.   789 more words

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