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The Pijao are a people of Colombia.

The Pijao or Pijaos were a federation of Amerindians living in the region of Tolima -Colombia and other territories. They wore, as a custom dress, beautiful decorated golden clothes which did not cover their genitals and they painted their bodies with dyed tops of Bija. The Spanish conquerors initially called them Bipxaus (bija), the same way the Paeces called one of their chiefdoms, to finally use the pejorative word Pijao.

The Pijao were also cannibals, most notably they were accused by Spanish Captain Diego de Bocanegra (one of many military leaders who battled against the Pijao) of having cannibalized up to one hundred thousand Spaniards in approximately 50 years.

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