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Ultreia! What does this greeting of the Camino de Santiago mean?

Have you ever heard this legendary greeting on the Camino de Santiago? What did it mean for the pilgrims originally?

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If you are familiar with the Camino de Santiago, if you have ever lived the experience, you have surely heard the expression "Ultreia!" in the form of a greeting from some more seasoned pilgrim on the Jacobean routes. It is true that every time you hear less on the Camino de Santiago, being much more used the expression "Buen Camino!" For the pilgrims, however, one can not help associating the greeting "Ultreia" with the history of this pilgrimage route, despite being practically in disuse.

It is popularly extended that "Ultreia" (also "Ultreya" or "Ultrella") is a form of encouragement among pilgrims, and that would come to mean "Let's go further" or "Keep going", greeting that is answered with the expression " Et suseia ", whose meaning is" Let's go higher ". However, there are some historians who maintain that their meaning would be the same as "Hallelujah!", And that more than a greeting, it would be an expression of joy for the pilgrims when they finally arrived at the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

From the Codex Calixtinus to the Camino de Santiago

Where would this greeting originally come from? It is assumed that the expression begins to be used after being collected in the Codex Calixtinus, where the phrase "Ultre ia Et Sus eia, Deus adjuva nos!" Appears, which can be translated as "we go further and go higher, God help us! ").

Tell us about your experience; Have you ever heard the expression "Ultreia et Suseia" doing the Camino de Santiago? Have you used them with other pilgrims?

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