Useful information about the Camino of Saint James Pilgrimage and Santiago de Compostela

The shell: its relationship to Santiago and to pilgrimages

Written by Super User. Posted in Jacobean tradition.

The shell, as an emblem of pilgrimage, "signum peregrinorum", has been in use since at least the twelfth century, but despite other pagan and Christian uses throughout the centuries, it began to develop enormously in the medieval period as a heraldic element, a symbol of Santiago : of its cathedral, its city, its pilgrims ... The scallop shell became synonymous with Santiago and was used on the facades of palaces, as well as on coats of arms and on tombstones.

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Why go on walking to Finisterre?

Written by Super User. Posted in Jacobean tradition.

Finisterre is a land of traditions and legends, a place where the sun sets, at the end of the earth, where travelers and hikers went in search of knowledge about life and death. There are numerous indications that point to the existence of pagan cults prior to the arrival of the Romans and supported by them. Sun cults, life cults, fertility cults and rituals ... We don’t know if the memory of these traditions was kept alive or was temporarily lost with the advent of Christianity, but we know that in order to Christianize their people, the Church decided promote in the area a cult with great strength and devotion: the Virgin cult.

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Traditions of Compostela: The arrival at El Monte del Gozo

Written by Super User. Posted in Jacobean tradition.

The arrival at Monte del Gozo continues to be full of meaning for the pilgrim but can hardly have the significance that it had in former times. The arrival at the top of the hill meant for the pilgrims a moment as crucial as the entrance to the cathedral and tomb of Santiago, for on seeing the city the pilgrim had, for the first time, the certainty of having reached his goal. Today the situation is partly the same, the same emotion of arrival, but the dangers and difficulties left behind are not of the same proportions and, therefore, do not allow the experience to have the same meaning.

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Tourism and pilgrimage

Written by Super User. Posted in Jacobean tradition.

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 With some frequency tends to speak in Jacobean pilgrims scopes of tourism with some purists sneer putting values ​​pilgrim and pilgrimage. Scalpel is needed on this issue, because neither is gold that glitters all that shit we sneer. Not infrequently the sight and smell deceive us. There are tourists who are true pilgrims and pilgrims are mere assumptions backpack tourists and shelter. The quality depend on the person, not the context. No one is more or less than anyone. Could be a good topic of conversation, but I intend to now assess the presence of tourism in the world of pilgrimage.

Ultreia Ring

Anillos Ultreia Rings Camino de Santiago

Compostelle Crafts

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Joyas del Camino

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