Fröhliches Äquinoktium!

Happy equinox!

On September 22, 2021 at 9:21 p.m. German time, the astronomical autumn begins in the northern hemisphere. The day there is longer than the night one last time, and then the dark season begins for us.

Equinox as an important event for the Maya

Thatequinox is mostly just a marginal phenomenon for us today, about which we are only informed twice a year by Spiegel Online and the like. But for ancient cultures, the equinox was an important event.
The Maya, for example, integrated this astronomical event into one of their most important pyramids. The edges of the pyramidEl Castillo, located on the site of the world-renowned archaeological siteChichen Itza is located, cast a snake-shaped shadow around the two equinoxes in spring and autumn, which ends in the stone head at the foot of the pyramid. The pyramid was dedicated to the Mayan god Kukulcan dedicated, which is often depicted as a feathered serpent.d.
Äquinoktium Kakao Quezalokuatl
Do you see the snake??

The Legend of Quetzalcoatl

The Aztecs knew a similar god who was also depicted as a feathered serpent. they called himQuetzalcoatl. According to the mythology of the Aztecs, who then inhabited what is now Mexico, the god Quetzalcoatl transformed himself into a human and descended from heaven to impart his wisdom to the people. But he didn't come empty-handed, he brought a gift with him: a plant that he had secretly stolen from his fellow gods.
Can you already guess which plant it was? 

Quetzalcoatl brought cocoa to man

According to this legend, Quetzalcoatl brought the cocoa plant to earth. He planted the first cacao tree in the fields of Tula and askedthe water godTlalocto provide the tree with rain. The small tree bore fruit and Quetzalcoatl taught the local people to collect the cocoa pods, roast the seeds inside, grind them between stone slabs and whisk them with water in large drinking vessels to prepare aromatic chocolate.
Ritual Drinking chocolate
Portrait of a Chocolate Drinker, from the Codex Borgia, Mexico, c.1500

It flowed  hundreds of liters of chocolate...

Chocolate was enjoyed as a ritual drink by all high cultures of Mesoamerica for celebrations of all kinds. So we can safely assume that hundreds of liters of cocoa flowed down the temple pyramid of El Castillo in what is now Mexico every year, just in time for the equinox.

Chocolate only for VIPs

According to some anthropologists, chocolate was intended only for the upper classes of society, primarily priests and political rulers. The mob only rarely enjoyed this sacred drink, and only at an extremely unfortunate time: ritual human sacrifices, for which Mesoamerican religions are known, allowed the sacrificed to consume the brown gold before execution. Luckily those times are over and mere mortals like you and I can now enjoy our cocoa while the northern hemisphere prepares for winter.

Happy equinox! ☀️


PS: Yes, the equinox is really today and not yesterday on September 21st. This is because the earth does not have a perfect, circular orbit around the sun. More on thishere.
I drank a 3 part blend before writingPorcelana from Peru🇵🇪 and a partSur del Lago from Venezuela🇻🇪.


  • Jonas Wind

    Hallo Monika. Freut mich sehr, dass dir die Geschichte gefällt! Ich trinke in letzter Zeit mein Kakao etwas stärker, mit einem Quadrat auf circa 120 ml. Dadurch hat alles in den Shaker gepasst. Findest du, dass die Porcelana aus Peru nicht ähnlich qualitativ ist? Wir bekommen ausschließlich positives Feedback dazu und mir selbst gefällt sie auch super. Was ich allerdings in den letzten Tagen gemerkt habe ist, dass man sie länger stehen lassen muss, bis sie ein angenehmes Aroma entfaltet hat. Anfangs ist sie noch eher säuerlich und bitter. Das erforsche ich noch etwas näher. leider dauert es noch etwas länger, bis wir die andere Porcelana aus Mexiko wieder reinbekommen.

  • Monika Iwakiri

    Danke für die interessante Geschichte. Bin froh, dass ich heute lebe.
    Wie hast du 3 Teile “Porcelanä” und 1 Teil “Sur del Lago” gemischt? Für diese Menge (800ml) wäre der Shaker zu klein. Im Haushalts-Mixer?
    Ich mixe auch manchmal, halb-und-halb, denn Porcelana-Peru hat für mich zu wenig Kakao-Geschmack. Porcelana-Mexico war qualitativ viel besser.

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