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Mayan cacao god, Ek Chuah

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Ixcacao is the Mayan Goddess of the Cacao tree and the chocolate that is made from the the fruit of that tree. She had humble, but honorable origins as an ancient fertility goddess. She was an Earth Goddess in a matriarchal society where women gathered the crops and saw to it that everyone was fed. Banishing hunger and providing for the safety and security of Her people was Her Divine responsibility.

Ixcacao is the Mayan Goddess of the Cacao tree and the chocolate that is made from the the fruit of that tree. She had humble, but honorable origins as an ancient fertility goddess. She was an Earth Goddess in a matriarchal society where women gathered the crops and saw to it that everyone was fed. Banishing hunger and providing for the safety and security of Her people was Her Divine responsibility.

Cacao flowers and pod by mental.masala, via Flickr

The cacao-pollinating midges are unionized, and they have demands! Their biggest gripe is that they require humid shade with a wide range of plant species .

Cacao tree

Sliced cacao pod reveals fresh beans, the first step to a tasty chocolate treat. Our next stop on the Ruta Puuc tour was the Cacao Eco.

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