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Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao

Cameron McNeil

Abstract

New models of research and analysis, as well as breakthroughs in deciphering Mesoamerican writing, have recently produced a watershed of information on the regional use and the importance of cacao, or chocolate as it is commonly called today. This book brings together scholars in the fields of archaeology, history, art history, linguistics, epigraphy, botany, chemistry, and cultural anthropology to explore the domestication, preparation, representation, and significance of cacao in ancient and modern communities of the Americas, with a concentration on its use in Mesoamerica. Cacao was used by ... More

Keywords: Mesoamerican, cacao, chocolate, ancient, pre-Columbian Americas, Theobroma cacao

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813029535
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813029535.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cameron McNeil, editor
Queens College, CUNY

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1 Introduction

Cameron L. McNeil

Part 1 Evolution Domestication, Chemistry, and Identificationt of Caocao and Its Close Relatives

2 Cacao and Its Relatives in South America

Nathaniel Bletter, and Douglas C. Daly

3 The Domestication and Distribution of Theobroma cacao L. in the Neotropics

Nisao Ogata, Arturo Gómez-pompa, and Karl A. Taube

4 The Jaguar Tree (Theobroma bicolor Bonpl.)

Johanna Kufer, and Cameron L. Mcneil

Part II Cacao in Pre-columbian Cultures

7 Brewing Distinction

John S. Henderson, and Rosemary A. Joyce

11 The Use and Representation of Cacao During the Classic Period at Copan, Honduras

Cameron L. McNeil, W. Jeffrey Hurst, and Robert J. Sharer

12 Cacaoc in Greater Nicoya

Larry Steinbrenner

Part III Cacoa in the Colonial Period

14 The Itza Maya Control over Cacao

Laura Caso Barrera, and Mario Aliphat F.

Part IV Mesoamerican Cacao Use In the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

19 Food For the Rain Gods

Johanna Kufer, and Michael Heinrich

21 From Chocolate Pots To Maya Gold

Patricia A. McAnany, and Satoru Muruta