Call of the Camino: Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on by Robert Mullen

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 aspect of Spain. The heritage of the Camino is acknowledged, in addition to a number of of the myths, legends, and miracle tales that experience turn into attached—and given distinctive meaning—to this itinerary. Emphasizing that non-public myths are a necessary 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 an outstanding variety of purposes, yet all of whom depart having skilled an analogous miracle—that this pilgrimage will play a defining function of their lives.

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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. Added to the irritation of the mud and the extra kilometres was the constant looming presence of heavy earth-moving equipment, the size and power of which dwarfed and appeared to mock the puniness of the solitary walker.

Already on the table were two large baskets of bread and, to start with, half a dozen bottles of wine. indd 59 18/6/10 11:29:23 60 Call of the Camino We toasted the cook. We toasted the hospitalero. We toasted Spain. Recalling Santo Domingo de la Calzada, we then toasted the road-building saint, the miracle of the roasted chicken, Declan’s mother, Declan’s cap, and his soon-to-be bride. We were all agreed that this was indeed an authentic refuge. Those of us seated around that long table would later be sleeping shoulder to shoulder on the floor of the room below.

Spain’s new-found prosperity, like Portugal’s, had spoiled the country, as all that people wanted to do now that they had a little money in their pockets, was to show off. “Today I passed a field where a woman was ploughing with a team of oxen,” Paolo gave as an example. ” Meanwhile something was wrong in the kitchen. Angelika, who had gone for the remainder of her pasta sauce, was making signs from the doorway for me to join her. She was flushed and furious. ” She indicated the empty saucepan.

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