Heritage, Pilgrimage and the Camino to Finisterre: Walking by Cristina Sánchez-Carretero

By Cristina Sánchez-Carretero

This ebook offers examine in regards to the results of the Camino to Finisterre at the day-by-day lives of the populations who dwell alongside the course, and the heritagization techniques that exploitation of the Camino for tourism reasons comprises. instead of targeting the path to Santiago de Compostela and the pilgrimage itself, it in its place examines a weird a part of the path, the Camino to Finisterre, using a number of views that think of the strategies of heritagization, the consequences of the pilgrimage on neighborhood groups, and the motivations of the pilgrims. The publication relies on a three-year learn undertaking and is the results of a multidisciplinary collaboration among anthropologists, sociologists, historians and archaeologists.

Instead of finishing in Santiago, because the remainder of the Caminos do, this direction keeps to the cape of Finisterre at the Galician Atlantic coast. This a part of the Camino de Santiago isn't formally famous by way of the Catholic Church and doesn't count number as a part of achieving Compostela, the popularity granted by means of the Catholic Church to these pilgrims who've walked not less than a hundred km. accordingly, in addition to its dating with the sunlight cult, many pilgrims name this path “the Camino of the atheists.” in reality, the Catholic Church is a sturdy strength for the heritagization of the remainder of the Caminos, and keeps a transparent ignoratio process about the Finisterre direction: formally, the church neither opposes nor acknowledges this route.

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J. nl © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015 C. J. Margry The necessary contextualization of the present research project on the contemporary heritagization processes along the Camino Finisterre, urges for us to understand how these stories, histories, mythologies and legends about the relationship between Santiago de Compostela and the Galician Atlantic coast strip, and specifically the town of Finisterre, relate to one another and how they have contributed to creation of the sacred site and the new route towards it.

Margry The necessary contextualization of the present research project on the contemporary heritagization processes along the Camino Finisterre, urges for us to understand how these stories, histories, mythologies and legends about the relationship between Santiago de Compostela and the Galician Atlantic coast strip, and specifically the town of Finisterre, relate to one another and how they have contributed to creation of the sacred site and the new route towards it. Various discourses have played a role in mobilizing people to move beyond Santiago and head for Padrón, Finisterre, or Muxía.

It was during the Carolingian empire that the deployment of the sacred power of saints and their relics became a major instrument of the Church (Herrmann-Mascard 1975; Geary 1978: 16–50). In the ninth century, the French abbot Radbertus stated that never before had so many ‘great things’ been realized through relics, and that ‘miracles of saints long asleep in Christ have recently begun to flash forth’ (Geary 1978: 20–21). Saints were recruited to strengthen the threatened geo-political system, especially for the delicate imbalance in the southwestern part of the Christian world where Islam was exerting pressure.

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