If you were to listen carefully enough today you would probably be able to hear a unanimous sigh of relief/ disappointment that, contrary to the Mayan calendar, the world has not ended.
This anti-climatic ending to one of the most talked about topics this year has left some of us yearning for something to shake the disappointment and we’ve found it. Yes, the Mayans might have wrongly predicted the apocalypse but evidence suggests they were the discoverers of chocolate!
For years chocolate has been linked to the Mayans, and archaeologists say they have even found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a Mayan plate, suggesting that the ancient culture may have used chocolate as a sauce. Previously chocolate had only been found in cups and it was the common belief that chocolate was served as a drink, but the recent discovery has altered the idea of what and how the Mayans ate, and it seems they had a sweet tooth!
As well as using chocolate as a sauce the Mayans also used it as a mood-enhancing restorative. Modern day science proves that chocolate can actually improve your mood - a fact the Mayans had discovered thousands of years before us!
The Mayans may well have been bigger chocoholics than all of us as chocolate even played a part it their religion. The Popul Vuh, their sacred book, features a cacao tree instead of an apple tree in their story of creation. In the story the gods of death behead twins and then one of the twins’ heads is hung upon a cacao tree!
So, although we might not be able to thank the Mayans for an accurate prediction of the apocalypse, but we can certainly thank them for chocolate!