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Top Creator God of Morals and Laws, and Friendly Benefactor

An all-round nice deity.

He turned up from nowhere. An old man with a beard, a golden staff and amazing creative teaching abilities. BOCHICA wandered far and wide teaching the natives right from wrong. His code of conduct was somewhat severe and a lot of wild parties came to an untimely end.

For some reason he was persuaded to marry, but his wife CHIA was not at all nice. She took every opportunity to screw up all her husband's plans. She caused floods and much suffering for humans — and rumor suggests she may even have been HUITACA, the Goddess of Wanton Behavior.

BOCHICA had not invented divorce yet, so he just turned his wife into the moon — or possibly an owl, or both. Then he got on with cleaving and clefting mountains to restore the water levels.

BOCHICA was Mr Good Guy God for many years. His regime of conformity, obedience and do-as-you-are-told culture brought stability and civilized behavior to the region, even if it was boring. He celebrated by sipping from a small bottle of mineral water.

After creating all the laws needed by a decent civilization, he handed control over to tribal chiefs. Even then he spent another 2,000 years on Earth as an ascetic, keeping a gentle eye on things before taking a well-earned heavenly retirement.

Now he rarely appears except in dire emergency situations. Mostly you'll find him sitting on CHUCHAVIVA's rainbow with his feet up, watching the Earth like a television program.

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Article last updated on 12 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Area or people : Chibcha of Colombia
Location : South America
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 703

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