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Unveiling the Origins of the 'Indalo Man': Explore the Fascinating History behind Indalo Transport's symbol, which was adopted by Mojacar

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This is an article all about the origins of the ‘Indalo Man’. The ‘Indalo Man’ or “Indalo” is a symbol adopted by Mojacar. This is a village in the Southeastern Spanish province of Almeria.

The Indalo Man, also known as “El Indalo” or “The Almerian,” is an ancient symbol and prehistoric rock painting found in the province of Almería. This is in the southeastern region of Andalusia, Spain. Found in a cave in the Los Velez Natural Park in Velez Blanco, Spain, the Indalo is a prehistoric, supposedly magical symbol. The cave is now off limits to any visitors. It is one of the most iconic and distinctive symbols of the region, representing a significant part of the area’s cultural heritage.

The Indalo Man dates back to 2500 BC. This means Indal eccius – messenger of the Gods – in the Iberian language.

The name “Indalo” comes from the Latin word “indāgāre,” meaning “to look up.” The Indalo Man is a stick figure of a man holding an arc over his head. This figure was painted in bright red or brown colors and was shown on cave walls, rock shelters, and rocky outcrops in the area.


The origin and meaning of the Indalo Man are shrouded in mystery. It is the subject of various interpretations and folklore. It is a symbol of protection, luck, and good fortune. According to local legend, the Indalo Man represents a prehistoric deity or a guardian angel who protected the people of the region from harm and evil spirits.

In addition to its mythical significance, the Indalo Man has become a symbol of unity and pride for the people of Almería. It represents the deep connection between the locals and their ancestral past, as well as the resilient spirit of the region. Today, the Indalo Man is widely used as a logo or emblem to represent Almería and is found on souvenirs, handicrafts, and other local products.

The Indalo Man home in Mojacar

The modern popularity of the Indalo Man owes much to the efforts of artists and writers who helped promote its significance and cultural importance. One of the key figures in this revival was Jesús de Perceval who was a painter from Almería. He incorporated the symbol into his artwork during the early 20th century. His work helped popularize the Indalo Man and brought it to the attention of a wider audience.

Good Fortune

Beyond its local significance, the Indalo Man has also captured the imagination of artists, historians, and tourists alike. It has become a symbol of Andalusia’s rich cultural heritage and prehistoric past. It has helped to attract visitors to explore the region’s archaeological sites and natural beauty.

Historically, it has been customary to paint an Indalo symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil.

Legend has it that the Indalo was a ghost that could hold and carry a rainbow in his hands (thus the arch over the head of the man).

The origins of the ‘Indalo Man’ are firmly in the province of Almeria. Additionally, the Indalo symbol is a good lucky charm in the Almeria region. However, the charm is only beneficial to you if given as a gift.

Indalo Transport's Spiritual Home

For Indalo Transport, the name of the company was a natural choice. We have our origins in Mojacar. and so linking with the Indalo Man was a given.  Even though our current warehouse is a few km away in Palomares, Indalo Transport started here.

Our logo shows we are linked with this lovely part of the world.

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