Goranchacha, one of the mythical creatures in the mythology of the Muisca
The Muisca raft, discovered in the 1920s, almost 400 years after the Spanish conquistadores were looking for the basis of the El Dorado legend

Knowledge of Muisca mythology has come from Muisca scholars Javier Ocampo López, Pedro Simón, Lucas Fernández de Piedrahita, Juan de Castellanos and conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada who was the European making first contact with the Muisca in the 1530s.

Muisca mythology

The times before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca Confederation are filled with mythology. The first confirmed human rulers of the two capitals Hunza and Bacatá are said to have descended from mythical creatures. Apart from that other Muisca myths exist, such as the legendary El Dorado and the Monster of Lake Tota.

Mythological creatures

Several mythological creatures have been described by the chroniclers:

Other Muisca myths

See also


  1. ^ Ocampo López, 2013, Ch.14, p.85
  2. ^ Ocampo López, 2013, Ch.12, p.77
  3. ^ Ocampo López, 2013, Ch.13, p.80
  4. ^ Ocampo López, 2013, Ch.19, p.104
  5. ^ Ocampo López, 2013, Ch.11, p.70
  6. ^ (in Spanish) Meicuchuca, the lover of the snake - Pueblos Originarios - accessed 05-05-2016
  7. ^ (in Spanish) Mitos y Leyendas de Colombia, Eugenia Villa Posse; Ed. IADAP, 1993; S. 204 - accessed 05-05-2016
  8. ^ (in Spanish) Hunzahúa Well - Pueblos Originarios