By Robert Mullen
The stories of a regular guy at the pilgrim’s direction are charted during this narrative that walks alongside the Camino Franc?s to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela after which directly to Finisterre, the westernmost element of Spain. The heritage of the Camino is mentioned, in addition to a number of of the myths, legends, and miracle tales that experience develop into attached—and given precise meaning—to this itinerary. Emphasizing that non-public myths are a vital part of this lore, this chronicle additionally contains tales from the confraternity of the pilgrims, humans from all corners of the realm who stopover at this stroll for a very good variety of purposes, yet all of whom go away having skilled a similar miracle—that this pilgrimage will play a defining position of their lives.
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She was impressed by the friendliness of the Spanish, and by their helpfulness, but not by their efficiency. “Imagine letting a guest go into the kitchen! ” I suggested that perhaps the waiter had merely been fond of blondes. indd 39 18/6/10 11:29:22 40 Call of the Camino She herself, until recently, had worked in a hotel and had been in charge of fifty other people, so she knew that it was sometimes necessary to be strict. Being strict with others, however, meant being even more strict with yourself.
Where old age, illness, or death prevented a pilgrimage from being completed, a son might substitute for a father, or a nephew for an uncle, or else a stranger might need to be employed. And thus peregrinos a sueldo, salaried pilgrims. u The Camino, in finding its way across the north of Spain, would have sought the line of least resistance, the route later favoured by highways. The way west from Puente la Reina was subject to various detours as the pilgrim road was diverted around the massive excavations being undertaken in preparation for the laying down of another sort of route.
A grave miscarriage of justice had miraculously been averted, and the couple went at once to inform the mayor, who was just sitting down to his midday meal. ” he said. “Still alive? Are you insane? ” At which point the fowl, although cooked through, stirred itself on the platter and began to cackle. By this means justice was done in the end, and thus the famous lines which serve the city still as its motto: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, donde cantó la gallina después de asada. Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where the roasted chicken still clucked.
Call of the Camino: Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela by Robert Mullen