64 violence #04 And never more than four . The Aztecs knew how to be merciless with pulque. We are familiar with the drink with a low alcohol content, 6-7%, little more than a beer. One cannot know for sure what the fermented agave lymph really was among its oldest consumers, but certainly no one could have ever gone beyond the fourth cup. Few were able to consume it, and those who abused it going beyond the fourth glass were robbed of everything, socially humiliated and reduced to poverty. Within the limit of four cups, older people could benefit from it when, due to the advanced age, blood cools and pulque helps to sleep. Priests were able to administer the pulque, serving it to the sacrificial victim on the divine altar to obnubilate his mind, before ripping his heart out. At the fifth pulque cup, stories and legends related to it always end badly. violence #05 Pulque therefore has a lymph genesis capable of keeping one’s mind off the senses and the cognitive rules. Thus, a symbol of excess is born, an instrument to be consumed with moderation. The ancient rules that regulated its consumption also provided for lapidation and inflexibly disciplined those who could satisfy themselves from that source. Same firmness was granted in defining time frames in which, yes, the banquet was open to everyone. violence #06 Although for a few, and in the discipline of God's intermediaries on earth during rites and ceremonies of the Central American populations, pulque has never been an elite drink. That was chocolate. Pulque could never have made its way into the nobility because all the poor people clung to it to survive. Difficult to make but easy to find, cheap and hydrating in an area that, if not desert, is however inhospitable, pulque stands as nourishment for those who cannot afford water and food. Pulque turns out right – Mexico gives the idea of always telling you a very tough story, followed by an unexpected emotional ending. You can guess it from how they treat death, from how they play the guitar, from the intensity of their flavours. Agave, maguey in native language, once poured all its lymph towards its flowering, begins to die and reproduce. Due to its roots, the plant germinates around itself new specimens, the mecuate . A new chapter of an uninterrupted food cycle, as a South American saga made of violence, abuse and a final happy ending between men and their land.