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The belief that chocolate is an aphrodisiac is a long-standing myth, dating back to Mayan and Aztec times. Today, chocolate is still heavily associated with sex, romance, and relationships see video.

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Our modern day obsession with chocolate as an aphrodisiac inspired some interest in the role cacao played in marriage rituals in Mayan and Aztec civilizations. By analyzing the cultural ificance of chocolate in Mayan and Aztec culture, the hypothesis was formed that wealth, divinity, power, and strength associate with cacao reinforced the belief that cacao is an aphrodisiac.

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The presence of cacao in weddings can easily be explained due to the spiritual ificance of cocoa. The Aztec also placed spiritual ificance on cacao drinks as a symbol of human blood the major difference between Aztec and Mayan views on cacao is that cacao was strictly for the elite class in Aztec civilization. While the practice of treating cocoa as currency originated from the Mayans, the Aztecs are most well known for using cacao as legal money.

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This also meant that dowries could be paid in cacao, further intertwining cacao and marriage rituals. One important aspect of cacao to note is its believed power and strength. Warriors would wear cacao on their armor and shield into battle, drink cacao while marching, and for those warriors who returned victorious from war, they were allowed to enter the palace and drink cacao Presilla Those who owned chocolate, could afford chocolate in their wedding rituals, were allowed to consume chocolate Aztecs and seemed to embody the divinity that is associated with cacao were no doubt the ideal husbands.

Biologically speaking, women seek a mate that has the ability to provide for her and her offspring Bowerman. Strong warriors and wealthy men were always associated with cacao, so cacao was a measure of marriage material.

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Bowerman, Mary. Coe, Sophie D. Coe, and Ryan J. The true history of chocolate. London: Thames and Hudson, Martin, Carla D. Class Lecture.

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You must be logged in to post a comment. Websites like Cosmopolitan, Vogue, PBS, etc, are publishing articles implying that chocolate is a strong aphrodisiac.

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Painting from the ancient Maya city of Calakmul depicting the preparation and drinking of cacao.


Drinking chocolate has been credited with an array of virtues, especially as a powerful aphrodisiac.


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The word aphrodisiac traces its origins to the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.