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Ghirardelli square. Photo by Kelly S. Kurt

A drawing in the Madrid Codex—an ancient book written on tree bark—depicts four Maya gods piercing their own ears with obsidian lancets, their blood dripping onto cacao pods tossed at their feet. Maya elite were laid to rest robed in jaguar pelts and jade bracelets. Next to their beds were placed bowls of chocolate, to sustain them on their journey. The Opossum God, when he hit the sacred road carrying the Rain God on his back, fueled his zeal with hits of hot chocolate. The Maya seemed always to be going someplace.