El Valenciano

El Indalo

The symbol of luck


The Indalo is a prehistoric magical symbol found in the cave of "Los Letreros" in Velez Blanco.

It was customary to paint a drawing of the Indalo on house fronts to preserve them from all kinds of evils, since it was considered as a god "totem" which would guard against bad spirits, storms, and a lot of other evil happenings. It was believed to be a ghost, who had the ability to hold and carry each end of the rainbow in his hands.

The Indalo has become the symbol of Almería, and it is already known all over the world.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Indalo is a prehistoric magical symbol found in the cave of "Los Letreros" ("The Signboards") in provincia061Sierra de María-Los Vélez Natural Park in Vélez Blanco, Spain. It has been customary to paint the Indalo symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil (similar to Kokopelli of the south-western USA) and is considered to be a god totem. The indalo has a Levantine origin and dates back to 2500 BC. The pictograph was named in memory of Saint Indaletius, and means Indal eccius (Messenger of the Gods) in the Iberian language.

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 Indalo has been adopted as the official symbol in the province of Almería, Spain. The Indalo symbol is used as a lucky charm in the Almeria region also. To carry the charm is only beneficial if it has been presented as a gift to you.

Sculpure of the man of Indalo The American based indigenous rights organization Cultural Survival uses an Indalo symbol on its logo.