The Indalo

Mojácar - The Indalo

The Indalo

This characteristic rock symbol of Almeria has its origin in the caves found in the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Natural Park. This Neolithic wall painting is inside the Los Letreros Cave and is the oldest symbol of Andalusia. Since 1998, it has been designated by UNESCO as a protected World Heritage Site.
Symbol of Indalo on the Genoveses beach (Cabo de Gata - Almería)

The figure of the Indalo depicts a man holding a sort of bow over his head, and the interpretation of its meaning has several possibilities: a hunter with his bow extended, an idol in the purest religious sense, or the drawing of a man holding a rainbow as a sign of protection against evil spirits.

Today this figure can be seen in the different logos, crafts and souvenirs of Almeria, as it has become the true symbol of the province of Almeria in general, and Mojacar in particular.
Its name is derived from the name Indalecio, in memory of San Indalecio, who was an early proponent of the Catholic religion in the peninsular Southeast. In the Iberian language "Indal Eccius" means a big, strong, powerful and protective God.

For centuries it has been regarded as a symbol of good luck, and the inhabitants of Mojacar have painted it in their houses to protect them from storms and the evil eye, which has become known as the "muñequillo mojaquero". Currently its use is very widespread as a good luck talisman and for home protection. Within the popular belief, it is considered that the Indalo imparts stronger luck when it is given to another person as a present.