Why are the Camino de Santiago and the game of the goose related?

The popular board game would be really a crypto map and its creation could be related to the Knights Templar

The game of goose, an encrypted map of the Templars?

It is very likely that most of us have spent rainy afternoons playing the game of the goose, childlike at first glance, but it could save a studied symbolism hidden from those who do not look with suitable eyes. The origin of this popular game is uncertain: some attribute it to disk of Festo (one of the most fascinating archaeological mysteries unsolved); others, in medieval Florence of the Medicis and finally, is attributed to the creation of the Templars in the twelfth century, inspired by the Camino de Santiago.

Knights Templar protected pilgrims on their journey to Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela, considered holy places for Christianity, being the route to Santiago where the Templars got more power and influence. The current French Way was not a very safe place in the Middle Ages, especially as some territories crossed areas outside the Christian control. For this reason, the Templars have designed a crypto map where the 63 squares of the board correspond to certain points of the Camino de Santiago.

Each square on the board, a landmark

Each of the symbols of the boxes would refer to emblems and signs that the Master Builders have placed in relevant parts of the road, including mentions that the first bridge board could correspond with the town of Puente la Reina (Navarra). The cryptographic encryption board? Starting in Roncesvalles and end in Finisterre, would be created to give a code that any Templar could understand regardless of their mother tongue and could memorize without having to carry the board in tow.

Beyond these possible theories of origin of the game, many interpretations verging speculation and although the correspondence between squares and landmarks del Camino is attributed, these are unclear.


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