Camino de Santiago

A Pagan History of the Camino

 

The objective of most pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago is reach the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain. Some believe that the name of Compostela comes from Latin “campus stellae” meaning field of stars, others believe it comes from “compositum” – burial place. Disagreement about the origins of the city’s name aside, it is a proven fact that there was a pre-Christian necropolis on the site and also that the Path followed by the Camino existed long before the finding of St. James’ remains in the 9th century.

Up until then the […]

The Traditional “Tuna”

This is a traditional university group whose members—known as Tunos—wear a combination of robes and garments from olden times and play folkloric music with characteristic instruments such as the mandolin, lute and guitar. Hidden beneath their cloaks are centuries of history and the gradual development of this lively and carefree tradition. Although of uncertain origin, it appears to have arisen as a way of making a living for the students of the first universities, founded at the end of the 12th and 13th centuries, since on many occasions, they did not have sufficient means to support themselves.

They maintained themselves […]