Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

A legend that obsessed the Spanish conquistadores in South America: El hombre dorado, the Golden Man, was said to be chief of a rich tribe whose Ritual was to coat him daily with gold that he washed off in a lake – which thanks to this and other gold offerings became a repository of fabulous wealth. El Dorado was generalized as a sought-after Imaginary Land of treasure. [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.