5 interesting facts about the Camino de Santiago you did not know

For everyone knows that the Jacobean Route hosts all kinds of legends and myths and stories of the millions of pilgrims who have gone through it. But of course, and how could it be otherwise, we also found a large number of curiosities, you have the most relevant.

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The recovery of the Camino de Santiago

It was the sixteenth century, and the Camino de Santiago was one of the most devout pilgrimages attracted. Unfortunately, entering in the seventeenth century their number decreased considerably, while thereafter the Jacobean Route fell on "deaf ears" and therefore forgotten. Years passed ... the centuries, and it was not until the mid-50s of the twentieth century when Father Valiña set completely revitalize El Camino de Santiago.

First it focused on the restoration of several specific locations thereof; later - and going back to the 70s - he steeled himself to mark the Jacobean route from the Pyrenees to Santiago, there is nothing. Their work does not end here, because the Father Elijah so that people remember the Apostle Santiago as he should, also published a guide on the road. Word of mouth, and the subsequent restoration of the years Ruta later resulted that in the 80s the Way back in style, being in the 90 - and specifically in 1993 on the occasion of the Holy Year - when the Route recover all its glory.

The goose game 

Oddly enough, or own a legend that has been forged over the centuries, the Game of the Goose has many - too many - similarities to the Camino de Santiago. To begin with, the correspondence between the boxes and the stage is one of the strongest statements charges today. A guide to gameplay, because if we stop staring to analyze the format of the popular board game, it matches what would be the way there (boxes 1 to 32) and back (boxes 33 to 63) of the Jacobean Route.

What is the origin of using scallops as a symbol?

Anyone who has walked the Camino de Santiago, or not, recognizes that the scallop is the symbol of the pilgrim, but how many of you would be able to tell you why? In relation to this, and like many other curiosities that we found along the Jacobean Route, there is no story that is the true, even if we know the legend might be the best fit. What would be willing to make your wedding day in order to draw the attention of the bride? Something similar must have thought the son of Count Bouzas (Pontevedra), who wanting to be the focus of the lady decided to go on the beach with his horse, with such bad luck that a large wave knocked him down.

Desperate and seaward road, the young prayed ... shortly after he was on the shore and with his clothes soaked in scallop shells. The legend also states that days later the ship arrived in Santiago with the remains of the Apostle. As if it were a signal, the son of Count pilgrimage to the city accompanied by a scallop shell.

The Spanish picaresque

The Spanish picaresque ... a classic of our country and that has been reflected in genuine classics of literature. The Camino de Santiago has been the backdrop of countless stories, so much so that Philip II back in 1590 took serious action against anyone who tried to benefit and seek own good advantage of the pilgrims. The habit was one of the most used by pilgrims, knowing this, draperies not a few people began to use - especially thieves - in order to confuse the pilgrim.

Philip II chose to only allow the use of clothing to those pilgrims who came from beyond the Pyrenees. The stories do not end here in shoplifting. As is currently the case, pilgrims restocked forces in inns and hostels. Since some of them were foreigners, the savvy owners of the premises rotten food offered to them, or even a higher cost of services with respect to the inhabitants of the area. Such acts are not overlooked for the authorities in the area who punished harshly this attitude.

Religious and pagan, united

In the Camino de Santiago we will find a vast number of pilgrims. Contrary to what many may think, the Jacobean Route is a meeting point for both religious and for pagans. In fact, the latter have as the Jubilee Pagano put out a cigarette on the back of one of the angels who are at the gates of La Casa de Varela.



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ArnauRG 29/07/16 22:39:08
Picaresca española, el juego de la oca... Spain is different señores XDD
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Pedro Gómez
Pedro Gómez 29/07/16 21:27:56
¿El juego de la Oca? ¿Enserio? Nunca me lo habría imaginado.
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David Romero
David Romero 29/07/16 19:49:56
No me esperaba el del juego de la Oca, la de tardes que le dediqué con familia y amigos.
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Fernando Borjas
Fernando Borjas 29/07/16 17:13:11
Desde luego lo de ofrecer servicios más caros a los extranjeros en las posadas me lo esperaba, pero lo de la comida podrida es para morirse. Vaya visión de negocio a largo plazo de los posaderos!
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Pepe AM
Pepe AM 29/07/2016 18:28:38
Eran otros tiempos... evidentemente hoy en día esto es impensable, aunque la picaresca española siga muy presente en muchos otros elementos de la vida.
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