21 Jun, 2012 @ 09:22
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The little man keeping evil at bay

WALKING around Mojacar, it is virtually impossible not to notice the town’s symbol, a matchstick figure with outstretched arms and arc over its head.

While the origin of the indalo is unknown, fascinatingly it appeared in 6,000-year old cave paintings in nearby Velez Blanco.

It was traditionally painted above doorways to ward off evil and named by artists in Mojacar in 1955.

Experts believe it is the only case of a prehistoric symbol being passed down the millennia in a sole location.

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