Marriage is defined as the bond between two souls. This practice has been around for thousands of years, but do you know what has been here longer than marriage and even the creation of human beings in general? Chocolate! Well at least according to the Mayans. To them, chocolate came from the gods and were given to humans as a gift along with several other foods (like corn which they would use as an ingredient in their chocolate). (St Jean). Chocolate was a sacred substance that all classes demanded access to. The rich were able to drink it more frequently and even in casual settings, but the less wealthy were only able to keep it for their rituals (The History). However, since chocolate was such a hallowed liquid, all classes would have used it in their rituals, weddings included. Chocolate in its many forms (i.e. beans, liquid) would have been given as presents to the new couple. Not only were they given as presents, but also as dowries. When translating the Madrid codices a woman named, “Martha Macri pointed out that the verb ts’ ab’ a is defined as ‘payment of the marriage debt [from the wife to the husband or between marriage partners]’ in the Cordemex dictionary” (Ch.1, pg. 6). It would also be used to seal the connection of the two partners during the actual ceremony. Though this was a ancient practice, it can still be found today in Guatemala. Chocolate as a bonding tool was possibly inspired by the Earth Goddess Ixik Kaab’s marriage to the Rain God Chaak (Ch. 1). Images of the two immortal beings are represented in the Mayan codex exchanging chocolate during their wedding. Though chocolate in weddings is not practiced as often as it used to be; Mesoamerican history has shown us that the sweet treat we get today played a major role in every day life, spiritual life and what was used as a tool to bond two souls.
St. Jean, Julie. “HERITAGE Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.” Heritage Daily. HeritageDaily, 2017. Web. 6 June 2017.
“The History of Chocolate: Chocolate and the Mayans.” How Stuff Works. HowStuffWorks.com, 18 Nov. 2007. Web. 6 June 2017.