“Mojaquero Dictionary” launched on International Book Day

The “Mojaquero Dictionary”, by Esteban Carrillo, an illustrious Mojaquero who passed away in 2002, was launched last weekend in Mojácar to coincide with International Book Day.

Mojácar’s Mayor, Rosmarí Cano, the Town’s Councillor for Tourism, Emmanuel Agüero, the well-known historian and editor of the book Juan Grima, and the author’s children, Elisa and Esteban Carrillo Ridao were all present.

The Mayor of Mojácar highlighted the importance of the recovery of the 1,500 words contained in this dictionary as a valuable interpretation of Mojácar’s history. The dictionary includes terms and expressions that are still used by many and the knowledge of them should be encouraged among the new generations.

Rosmarí ended her speech with a few words in Mojaquero as a clear example of the complexity and richness of the old local vocabulary.

Emmanuel Agüero emphasized the importance of Mojácar’s heritage as an important attraction and, a different aspect to offer the town’s visitors.

The Tourism and Culture Departments have both put in a lot of work and have great expectations, in bringing about one of the planned objectives of this administration.

The Tourism Councillor also unveiled the title of the next publication to be added to the Moxacar Collection, sponsored by the Town Council. “Toponimia de Mojácar” will be the third work that will be published very soon which will explain the origins of the names of the places and areas of the locality.

The historian Juan Grima, the book’s editor, thanked Mojácar Council for their interest and collaboration, as well as for helping in the promotion and recovery of culture, history and reading which, concurs with the importance of culture and tourism. He revealed that he is also working on a new reformed and improved edition of Mojácar’s history.

Esteban Carrillo’s relatives told some lovely anecdotes about their father, as well as adding the nice gesture by showing the files and small notebooks in which he had spent years collecting the words that shaped this “Dictionary Mojaquero”.

The speeches were interspersed by guitar performances by the master Juan de Dios Santiago and, ended with a glass of Spanish wine provided by Mojácar Council to everyone present.