Goddess Ixcacao  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"IXCACAO" IS THE MAYAN GODDESS OF THE CACAO TREE AND THE CHOCOLATE THAT IS MADE FROM THE THE FRUIT OF THAT TREE. SHE HAD HUMBLE, BUT HONORABLE ORIGINS AS AN ANCIENT FERTILITY GODDESS. SHE WAS AN EARTH GODDESS IN A MATRIARCHAL SOCIETY WHERE WOMEN GATHERED THE CROPS AND SAW TO IT THAT EVERYONE WAS FED. BANISHING HUNGER AND PROVIDING FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF HER PEOPLE WAS HER DIVINE RESPONSIBILITY.

ACCORDING TO MAYAN CREATION MYTH, THERE WAS A GREAT FLOOD, DEVASTATING DROUGHTS AND EARTHQUAKES THAT DESTROYED THE GODS' PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO CREATE A RACE OF HUMANS THAT WOULD LOVE THEM AND SING SONGS ABOUT THEIR GLORY. AFTER ALL, THE HUMAN RACE HAD BEEN DECIMATED BY CATACLYSMIC EVENTS BEFORE... THIS WASN'T THE FIRST ATTEMPT BY THE GODS TO REPOPULATE THE WORLD WITH HUMANS WHO, LIKE THEM. COULD THINK AND SPEAK, CREATURES WHO WOULD BE GRATEFUL TO THEM, AND HONOR AND PRAISE THE GODS FOR GIVING THEM THEIR LIVES. SHE WAS OFTEN INVOKED IN PRAYER ALONG WITH THE "CORN MOTHER", THE "RAIN GOD "AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL DEITIES. A PRAYER QUOTED FROM AN OLD MAYAN LEGEND TO PROMOTE A GOOD HARVEST IN TIMES OF HUNGER GOES:

"IXCANIL, GODDESS OF SEED, HEAR ME."IXTOQ, GODDESS OF RAIN, HELP ME."IXCACAU, GODDESS OF CHOCOLATE, SEE MY TEARS AND COME TO MY AID."

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