TCL LIVE | AskTCL: Ceremonial Cacao & Cacao Ceremonies

TCL LIVE | AskTCL: Ceremonial Cacao & Cacao Ceremonies

Episode 135 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE is LIVE from 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 26th.

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Episode Overview

A ChocolateLife member recently asked:

“I was talking with a friend, and the topic of Ceremonial Cacao came up. When I dug into what Ceremonial Cacao is, there are about 10 million explanations as to what Ceremonial Cacao actually is. Maybe a topic for discussion on a TCL episode?”

A related question is one that occurred to me back in 2005 when I was on the University of Chocolate trip organized by Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Chocolates. While in Ecuador I was looking for iconography of cacao that might connect to pre-Hispanic times. By this time I was very familiar with the work of Sophie and Michael Coe in their book The True History of Chocolate (« Amazon affiliate link) and the connection to Mayan creation mythology and Aztec religious practices.

Spoiler Alert: I found none. Also on that 2005 trip I participated in an ayahuasca ceremony, one of two such experiences I have participated in.

One question that has remained with me since that 2005 trip and a trip to Soconusco in Chiapas state in Mexico in 2006 is the question of whether or not there was any religious or creation myth connection in South America where cacao (is now known to have) originated. We know that Maya culture, and perhaps also the pre-Maya Olmec and Toltec cultures, incorporated cacao into their creation myths, and that cacao was important in Aztec society, but perhaps in different ways. But, are there any religious connections among the Mayo Chinchipe Marañon people in Ecuador a thousand years and more before the Maya?

What we have seen, with the rise of craft chocolate making around the world is an interest in ceremonial cacao and cacao ceremonies. But – to what extent can these modern interpretations be considered “authentic” or “genuine”? What makes ceremonial cacao ceremonial?

In this episode of TheChocolateLifeLIVE, we take a look and hope to reach some conclusions if not some clarity.

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History and Religion

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Video Resources on Ceremonial Cacao and Cacao Ceremonies

Discover True Ceremonial Cacao from Guatemala
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How to Prepare Ceremonial Cacao — by Florencia Fridman from Cacao Laboratory
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Cacao: Food of the Gods - a film about the origin of cacao ceremonies
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How Ceremonial Grade CACAO changed my life! | What is ceremonial cacao?
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A self-aware definition for what ceremonial-grade cacao is.

What is a cacao ceremony ? Understanding the origins of ceremonial cacao (English version)
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Cacao Ceremony: Recipe, Ritual and Q&A
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Cacao Ceremony Guided by Amaruanka. Opening The Sacred Heart.
|| Sacred Cacao Ceremony amaruanka.comRelax to the bone with block therapy myofascial release #cacaosong #cacaoceremony
What is Ceremonial Cacao @Chernandez5c and Cacao Magick
Mini documentary about Ceremonial Cacao Cacao Magick is made with intention from our hearts to yours. We work with Mayan women’s collecti…
What is a cacao ceremony ? Understanding the origins of ceremonial cacao (English version)
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Making Cacao Beans into Cacao Paste ~ Ceremonial Cacao
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Meet The Shaman Using Ancient Chocolate Rituals To Revive Mayan Traditions
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“Ceremonia de Cacao”. Mensaje de los Abuelos y Guardianes Mayas del Sagrado Cacao.
Llamado amoroso a quienes realizan y participan en Ceremonias de Cacao por parte los Abuelos Guardianes y Cuidadores del Sagrado Cacao, de la Espritualidad y…

In Spanish

La Malinche Ceremonia de Cacao. (Videoclip oficial) #mujermedicina #rototom2019 #cancionmedicina
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Cacao Spirit Song
This song is based on the prayer that we say to bless our chocolate.Source of life, Source of love, Source of happiness!With Lovechock
What Happens In A Cacao Ceremony & How to Prepare Ceremonial Cacao
Are you curious to know What Happens In A Cacao Ceremony ? Are you looking for inspiration for a sacred cacao ritual and / or cacao recipe? In this video we…
David Wolfe’s Cacao Ceremony - Invoking The Cacao God - The Good Life Guide Amsterdam ILTV - InLivin’® - The Good Life Guide AmsterdamInternationally known Superfood-guru David Wolfe is one of the main reasons people know about r…

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree

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