The Legend of Cocoa The Legend of ChocolateMay 8, 2017 • By May Herz
Mexican culture is rich in history and traditions, many reflected in legends, fables and myths. Here follows the legend of cocoa-chocolate and the mythical god Quetzalcoatl.
This ancient legend recounts the story of how the god Quetzalcoatl gave the Toltecs precious cocoa grains. This generous god wanted his people to be well fed and by being healthy dedicate themselves to improve and be the best people they could be, studious, knowledgable, generous artistically talented.
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It is said that Quetzalcóatl stole the cocoa tree form paradise where all the other gods lived and he planted the small bush in Tula, Mexico.
After planting the small tree he asked Tlaloc, the god of water to send rain to the area so the plant could thrive and grow.
Later he visited Xochiquetzal, the goddess of love and beauty and requested she would give the tree beautiful flowers. In time the small tree flowered and produced the coca fruit.