Friday, May 28, 2010

“El Camino de Santiago de Compostela” ~defined

The name Santiago is the blend/contraction of the Spanish words “Santo” (Saint) and “Iago” (James). There are actually a handful of Spanish versions of “James” that have evolved over time: Iago, Diego, Jacobo and Jaime are the more popular ones.

Compostela may very well be derived from the Latin words “Campus” (field) and “Stellae” (stars) … meaning “Field of Stars.” This is possibly a reference to the shining light directing Pelayo the hermit to the discovery of Saint James’ tomb. Others suggest that Compostela is related to the Latin word “compositum” which means “burial ground,” which could also refer to the burial spot of Saint James.

Camino in Spanish can mean road, path or way.

Camino can also mean journey. Along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims often greet each other with “Buen Camino!”

el - the

de – a preposition that usually means of, but can also mean: from, with, by, in

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