">
Godchecker's mythology encyclopedia

EL-DORADO
Also known as ELDORADO

A picture showing the legend of EL-DORADO taken from our South American mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more South American Gods, South American Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The Golden Man of Legendary Wealth — and his even more legendary City of Gold.

In what is now Colombia, the Chibcha tribe were minding their own business by the mystical lake Guatavita and reveling in their ceremony of the Golden Man. A tribal and spiritual leader was chosen to be anointed with fragrant oil and have gold dust puffed over him from a tube until he was awe-inspiringly glittery.

Then with much ritual and votive golden offerings and golden oldie music he was rowed on a golden raft to the middle of the lake. At this point reports vary, from his performing aquabatics until the gold was washed off and the Gods of the Lake placated, to his putting on a new gold suit every day.

Meanwhile, Gold Lust was running rife throughout Europe. Jungles — and a very dodgy knowledge of geography — notwithstanding, Conquistadors and Germanic mercenaries poured into South America.

The Pizarro mob had already sacked the Incas. When the opportunists blundered and plundered their way through Colombia in the mid 1500's, they heard about the Golden Man.

The locals told them the gold came from where the salt was. And the Chibcha people were very rich in salt having their very own salt mountain. In their eyes this was very precious stuff which they traded for gold further north. So they used gold the way we use plastic.

Would the greedmongers believe this? Not a chance. They pillaged and tortured and silly rumors ran rife that somewhere there must be a Golden City they called EL-DORADO — the Golden One.

Vast fortunes were squandered in hopeless expeditions to find the place — and when explorer Francisco de Orellana claimed to have found traces of the place in 1541, the legend became unbreakable. The fantasy persisted with wilder and wilder speculations, and even Francis Drake came to an untimely end over idiotic Gold Rush theories.

But the Golden Man had the last laugh as just about all the greedy invaders came to nasty or impoverished ends. The opportunists never got to grips with the emeralds either. These abounded in Chibcha territory, but were believed by the chasers of golden dreams to have been imported from elsewhere. Sometimes you need to take exaggerated stories with a pinch of salt.

  • Share this page:

Article last updated on 24 November 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

COPYRIGHT © 1999-2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Please mention Godchecker.com when praying to deities.

Godchecker's article on El-dorado is based on material from ancient texts, original references and our own research. We strive for accuracy and update regularly with new information. If you spot a mistake please contact us and we'll try to fix it.


Suggested further reading...
ABOUT EL-DORADO : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : EL-DORADO
Area or people : Chibcha of Chile
Location : South America
Gender : Male
Type : Concept
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ELDORADO
Popularity index : 899

Join the Godchecker mailing list

Stay in the loop with Godchecker updates. You can unsubscribe at any time.
We are often asked about merchandise. Can we supply the latest El-dorado graphic novel, book or comic? Not to mention role-playing games (RPG), video games, El-dorado movies on DVD, BluRay and so on. To purchase such goodies we suggest you search for a dedicated mythology-based online store - or try Amazon, Ebay or other reputable websites. We offer a wide range of our own merchandise in our online GodShop, but we don't currently sell third party items. Yet!

Visitors often email us asking about El-dorado statues, sculptures or carved figurines of El-dorado. We regret we cannot assist with identifying such items.




PRESS or MEDIA enquiries? Contact us here.

REPRODUCTION REQUESTS. This site is copyright and all rights are reserved. If you wish to use our material in your essay, book, article or project, please consult our permissions information page.

SUPPORT THE GODS. Found this site useful? Consider donating a few pennies to the Godchecker Temple Roof Fund.



The Gods told us to do it.
up
THE A-Z OF SOUTH AMERICAN GODS
The Complete List of SOUTH AMERICAN GODS...

Can't find the South American God you want? Try searching our Holy Database...

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST


CONTACT US