The Laches were an indigenous, people in the highlands of what is now central Colombia's northern Boyaca 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 Fernandez de Piedrahita wrote of the habit of the Laches in bringing up younger male children as culturally female, that is, as berdaches.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 Tribin, Hugo Armando Sotomayor (June 2003) "Una reflexion historico - antropologica sobre el maltrato infantil en Colombia (Segunda Parte)" Pediatria 38(2) (in Spanish)
The name Laches is preserved in a suburb, or barrio, of Bogota known as Los Laches.
Tribin, Hugo Armando Sotomayor (June 2003) "Una reflexion historico - antropologica sobre el maltrato infantil en Colombia (Segunda Parte)" Pediatria 38(2)
"La Coctelera: Realidades Colombianas - Historia y Geografia: Asi es Santander 3" (21 June 2003)
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