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The cultural founder hero of the Chibcha Indians, whose early civilization in Colombia was probably the most advanced after that of the Incas. Bochica arrived from the east and wandered the land as a bearded man. He instructed the Chibcha ancestors in moral laws and taught them how to make things. At last he disappeared in the west leaving his footprints on certain rocks. Yet his severe moral teachings were opposed by a woman named Chie, who urged men to rejoice and make merry. Although Bochica turned Chie into an owl, she still helped the work god Chibchacum to flood the country of the Chibcha, who in distress appealed for aid to their founder hero. Bochica appeared in a rainbow, sent the rays of the sun to dry up the waters, and caused an outlet to carry away the flood of the sea. Since that time Chibchacum has lived underground and supported the world on his shoulders.

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