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9781475940138

Pilgrims' Steps : A Search for Spain's Santiago and an Examination of His Way

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  • ISBN13:

    9781475940138

  • ISBN10:

    1475940130

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-11
  • Publisher: Textstream
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The recent popularity of the Way to Compostela and its figurehead, St. James the Greater, invites further investigation of the origins of this ritual pilgrimage as well as the history of the route and its landscape. An in-depth examination of the biography of the man who has inspired such devotion requires us to widen our investigative scope beyond the customary hagiographies and lectionaries. An interpretation of St. James' life must reflect on the historical and cosmological precursors to his pilgrimage pathway and place him in the sacro-historical continuum of which he is clearly a part. Dozens of centuries' use of the sacred route that parallels the star field of the Milky Way, flows back into Spain's pre-Christian past. Ancient peoples linked their cosmologies to the sanctity of Iberia's northern terrain and its night skies. The myths and legends surrounding James give insight into the depth of the ancient mythological pool from which the St. James narrative draws. His legendary accounts continue the ancient appropriation of the topography of the pathway and Galicia's star fields, connecting Man to the sacred.

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