By Linda Lowery
Ever ask yourself the place chocolate got here from? we have now the Mayan king Kukulk n to thank. Kukulk n is greater than a king he's additionally a god. sooner or later he brings his humans an grand reward: a chocolate tree! yet there's only one challenge. Kukulk n's brother, evening Jaguar, does not wish common humans to have chocolate. He thinks merely gods should still consume the tempting deal with. Will evening Jaguar be successful? Or will the Mayans get to maintain their chocolate tree?
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Extra info for The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale (On My Own Folklore)
But Kukulkán had made up his mind. He waited until everyone was sleeping. Then he found a small cacao tree. It was loaded with red pods. 32 He snatched the tree up, roots and all. He looked around to be sure no one was watching. Then he raced through the garden, past the waterfalls. He f lew up a rainbow. He jumped onto the morning star. WHOOSH! The star sped him back to Earth. Trouble in the Temple Night Jaguar saw the morning star appear in the sky above Chichén Itzá. He dashed to the top of the pyramid.
He taught them to use a metate—a stone— to grind the beans with maize into a powder. He celebrated with his people when they drank chocolate for the first time. Mayan families were soon drinking chocolatl at every meal. Cacao seeds spread far and wide. People all across Earth discovered chocolate. Thanks to chocolate, the world is a sweeter place. So the next time you have a sip of warm cocoa, a bite of fudge brownie, or a spoonful of chocolate ice cream, just think how lucky you are. Think of Kukulkán riding to Earth on the morning star to bring chocolate to the Mayan people.
New York: Children’s Press, 2003. Read all about the Mayans’ land, daily life, and beliefs. Wisniewski, David. Rain Player. New York: Clarion Books, 1991. The stakes are high when young Pik challenges the rain god to a game of pok-a-tok. Can Pik win, or will the rain god prevail? net This site includes a variety of folktales, including stories from Mexican and Native American cultures. com Visit this site to read interesting facts about Mayan people, places, and beliefs. You will also find a helpful glossary and fun games you can play.