South American Mythology

CHIBCHACUM

Muisca Creator God

Second Class Creator God who now holds up the Earth

Whilst Top God BOCHICA was doing good and getting all the acclaim, CHIBCHACHUM was trying to deal with the contrary side of human nature. No-one seemed to take any notice of anything he said, so in a fit of pique he sent a flood.

The Chibcha people fled to the mountains and were only saved when BOCHICA himself intervened. He came on a rainbow and hurled his staff at nearby Mount Teguendama, making a cleft for the waters to flow away. The result of his restructuring can be seen today in the form of the magnificent Tequendama waterfall which descends into Lake Guatavita.

CHIBCHACHUM was given a very heavy punishment. He was forced to descend into the Underworld to replace the wooden pillars that hold up the Earth. Now, like a Colombian ATLAS, he bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. He still tries to rock the boat with earthquakes now and then.

Chibchacum Facts and Figures

Name: Chibchacum
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Muisca (Chibcha) people of Colombia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present

Article last updated on 18 April 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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