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The first evidence of cacao use dates from approximately 5,300 years ago by the Mayo-Chinchipe civilization in Ecuador. Traces of theobromine (a chemical compound in cacao) have been found in their pottery, suggesting cacao was first used in a drink.
From its origins in South America cacao travelled to Southern Mexico where it was used first by the pre-Olmec peoples, then the Olmecs, the Mayans and the Aztecs.
Evidence from pre-Olmec (4000 BC – 1500BC) and Olmec (1500 BC to 400 BC) pottery suggests these civilizations used cacao in a drink, and primarily for religious purposes. It isn’t until the rise of the Mayan civilization (around 2000 BC) , which did have a written history, that more is known about how cacao was prepared and used.
Cacao was an integral part of their both Maya and Aztec culture, and was used not only in religious ceremonies but also as a status symbol and as currency.
Both cultures believed the cacao bean had magical, or even divine, properties, suitable for use in the most sacred rituals.
The origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.”