Lache people

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Total population
0 (2004)
Regions with significant populations
central Colombia
Related ethnic groups
Chibchan group

The Laches were an indigenous, agrarian people in the highlands of what is now central Colombia's northern Boyacá and Santander departments. They were part of the Cocuy Confederation and spoke a Chibchan language, trading predominantly with other Chibchan speakers, such as the Muiscas, Guanes, Pijaos and Chitareros. They farmed maize, potato, quinoa and cotton, among other crops.

In the 17th century, Lucas Fernández de Piedrahita wrote of the habit of the Laches in bringing up younger male children as culturally female, that is, as berdaches.[1] [2]

The name Laches is preserved in a suburb, or barrio, of Bogotá known as Los Laches.


  1. ^ Trexler, Richard C. (1995) Sex and Conquest: Gendered Violence, Political Order, and the European Conquest of the Americas Cornel Univ. Press, Ithaca, NY, page 86. ISBN 0-8014-3224-3
  2. ^ Tribín, Hugo Armando Sotomayor (June 2003). "Una reflexión histórico - antropológica sobre el maltrato infantil en Colombia (Segunda Parte)". Pediatria (in Spanish) 38 (2). Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. 


  • Ariza, Gonzalo (1952) Los Laches, Villegas Editores.
  • Rodríguez, J.V. (1992) "Características Físicas de la Población Prehispánica de la Cordillera Oriental de Colombia: Implicaciones Etnogenéticas" Maguaré 8: 7-45;
  • Rodríguez, J.V. (1996) Dieta, Salud y Demografía Prehispánica en la Cordillera Oriental de Colombia: Mitos y Realidades Sobre el Bienestar Aborigen Departamento de Antropología, Facultad Ciencias Humanas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Santafé de Bogotá.

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