Allow me to introduce you …..
This is Malac, also known as Noctiluca, Goddess of the Moon, the night and of fertility. This beautiful lady cuts a lonely figure as she stands on the promenade in Rincón de la Victoria, gazing longingly at the sea.
Her people, the Phoenicians, who were experienced sailors, navigators and traders, founded the settlement of Malaka (which later developed into the city of Málaga) at the mouth of the Guadalhorce River, around 770BC.
Yes, Málaga’s history can be traced back more than 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.
Málaga’s early inhabitants were mainly engaged in fishing. They revered their great Goddess, Noctiluca, and worshipped her with offerings and sacrifices at her sanctuary in the present day Cueva del Tesoro (one of only three such marine caves in the world), in Rincón de la Victoria.
Each year, an image of the deity would be carried in procession and immersed into the sea to provide good fishing for the fishermen. The Phoenician influence was considerable and many traditions and customs have been bequeathed and continue thousands of years later.
To this day, on 16th July each year, sailors and fishermen from villages along the Spanish coast, parade their statues of the Virgen del Carmen though the streets and introduce her to the sea to bless the waters.
The statue of the Phoenician goddess, Malac (Noctiluca) is by well-known Málaga sculptor, Jaime Pimentel.