Pilgrims’ Steps: A Search for Spain’s Santiago and an Examination of his Way
by Robert Hodum
Published: September 2012
Genre: Pilgrimage Studies, History and Religion
Pilgrims’ Steps A Search for Spain’s Santiago and an Examination of his Way offers a deeper understanding of St. James, and his Way, the pilgrimage route to his cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Galicia’s patron saint and the pilgrimage to his tomb connect the ancient peoples and traditions of Galicia to the pilgrims of the 21st century.
Drawn from biblical and ancient historical accounts, oral histories, contemporary analysis, and current popular reflections, Pilgrims’ Steps examines the saint’s life and times and his connection to the religious and political movements of the 1st century. This work includes an in-depth overview of the origins and history of this region’s ancient cultures and their belief in sacred landscape.
Contemporary pilgrimage along the Way incorporates the ancient sacred routes of Galicia and links prehistoric man, ancient Bronze Age peoples, early Christian pilgrims to today’s pilgrims.
A truly insightful read, Pilgrims’ Steps draws a clear picture of St. James the Greater, the pre-Christian religious traditions of Galicia and the evolution of the medieval Christian pilgrimage tradition along the contemporary Camino de Santaigo, the Way of St. James.
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