The Huang He, or the Yellow River is one of China's longest rivers, and is probably the muddiest river in the world, with over a billion tons of sediment and clay flowing through it during one year, giving it a very obvious yellow color, and not a good place to clean your clothes.
He-Bo became the god of the yellow river when he sacrificed himself to the gods by tying rocks to his feet, and throwing himself into the river. The gods were proud of his loyalty, and turned him into the god. Because of his sacrifice, it became a tradition to throw a young girl into the river as a sacrifice to him on his birthday. For obvious reasons, this tradition has died out.
Text: Daniel W., Percy Julian MS
Citation: "He-Bo." God Checker. 15 Apr. 2004. 10 Jan. 2007.<http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/chinese-mythology.php?deity=HE-BO>