Meet the shaman using ancient chocolate rituals to revive Mayan traditions

  • Cacao has been a sacred plant for Indigenous people for millennia.
  • The modern chocolate industry has pushed many ancient cacao rituals to the side.
  • Today, people in Guatemala are preserving old traditions of drinking pure cacao.

Cacao has been a spiritual symbol for Indigenous people in Central America for thousands of years. When the modern chocolate industry took over, much of the plant’s sacred use was lost. Today, people in Guatemala are bringing back the ritual of drinking pure cacao.