Manoa del Dorado
Monoa del Dorado; El Dorado; The City of Gold. Whatever you wish to call it, it is the next stop on the tour of mythical wonders. The City of Gold, for that was what it was called by the Spaniards, was mainly just a story told by the Indians of Peru (Incans) to get the Spaniards away from their towns. It was said to be located somewhere in plains east of the Andes Mountains. Some different stories of this mysterious city got mixed with each other. Some said that it was multiple cities ruled by the king, Manoa. Others said that there was one city called El Dorado. The two names mixed and the city was then called Manoa del Dorado. Later, the Spaniards changed the story yet again, saying that this golden city was where all of the Incans fled when Spanish invaded, and were living with many treasures of their empire.
But this story didnít just appear out of thin air. It was based off of an Incan myth. It was said that El Dorado, the gilded man, was a king covered in gold powder that would appear by a lake twice a year. He would push a raft filled with gold and other treasures into the middle of the lake. The people would reenact this story with one of their own men and treasures.
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Page or article title: The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Date of posting/revision: August 30, 2000
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