The Maya Indians, an ancient people whose descendants still live in Central America harvested, fermented and dried beans from cacao trees which grew wild. The beans were then roasted, shells removed, and the rest was ground into a paste. To the Mayas, cocoa pods symbolised life and fertility. They used chocolate in religious rituals, sometimes taking the place of blood. Chocolate was used in marriage ceremonies and baptisms while Emperors were buried with jars of chocolate at their side. Stones from their palaces and temples revealed many carved pictures of cocoa pods. A Cacao God was created.