CACAO AND CHOCOLATE

@article{Dakin2000CACAOAC,
  title={CACAO AND CHOCOLATE},
  author={Karen Dakin and S{\o}ren Wichmann},
  journal={Ancient Mesoamerica},
  year={2000},
  volume={11},
  pages={55 - 75}
}
The origin of the words $lsquo;cacao$rsquo; and $lsquo;chocolate$rsquo; and their use in the reconstruction of the early history of Mesoamerica, remain very controversial issues. Cambell and Kaufman (1976, American Antiquity 41:80–89), for example, proposed that the word $lsquo;cacao$rsquo; originated from Mixe–Zoque languages, thus possibly representing Olmec traditions. According to this argument, other Mesoamerican languages, including Nahuatl, borrowed the word as a symbol of prestige and… 
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