St. James the Greater and Pilgrimage: The History of El Camino de Santiago
Pilgrimage is fascinating ritual. While it is known that pilgrims want to physically touch the relic, as well as have some spiritual enlightenment along the way to touch the relic, even these are not absolute. Not everyone who goes to Santiago de Compostella is a devout Christian in fact nowadays very few are. With this, no generalities can be made about pilgrimage. Its study is also not just one discipline: it is a study in history, philosophy, anthropology/sociology, and political science just to name a few. This is so, as religion is not one discipline, rather a complex relationship between many different disciplines. It is from this combination of disciplines, however, that comes the most fascinating part of pilgrimage to try and understand the actions of its pilgrims.