By 3,000 BC permanent settlements existed along the coast of Peru. By 1800 BC the Amerindians had established religious centers. Between 900 and 200 the Amerindians had become a thriving civilization called Chavin. Their civilization is centered on their religion. Not that much is known about their religion other than it had two deities the "The Smiling God" and the "Staff God". As population grew however, individual cities developed there own powers and the civilization faded away.