Friday, August 28, 2009

Religion and Hot Chocolate

The following is an extract from a posting on chocolate and religion. The full posting can be found at

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better.
Oh, divine chocolate!
They grind thee kneeling,
Beat thee with hands praying,
And drink thee with eyes to heaven.
~ Marco Antonio Orellana, 18th century

Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.
~ Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, surgeon in the Spanish army, 1796

So noble a confection, more than nectar & ambrosia, the true food of the gods.
~ Dr. Bachot, 1662

The Greek term theobroma (Latin name for cacao) means literally food of the gods. Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil, but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.

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