Shell of the Pilgrim | Vieira Camino de Santiago

Shell of the Pilgrim | Vieira Camino de Santiago
Shell of the Pilgrim | Vieira Camino de Santiago
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Shell of the Pilgrim | Vieira Camino de Santiago

  • Conch scallop shell natural.
  • Scallop typical of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
  • Decorated with the classic Cross of Santiago in red.
  • Shell of st. James with a red string to tie to the backpack, or hang on the neck.
  • Each of the shells is unique in terms of shape and size.
  • Approximate measurements:
    • 11 cm wide.
    • 10 cm in length.

Shells of the Pilgrim, a symbol of the Camino de Santiago

The scallop shell of the Camino de Santiago, also called a Scallop or Shell of st. James, is one of the symbols or badges more important that identify a pilgrim. Increasingly are the walkers of the Camino de Santiago with a shell of vieira and the legendary pilgrim's staff. Other emblems of the pilgrim from the Camino de Santiago are the wide-brimmed hat, coat with cape, a gourd for storing water or wine, and the backpack.

The shell of the Pilgrim has been included by Benedict XVI in the papal coat of arms, so that his importance as a religious symbol is even greater.

Shells of the Pilgrim, the origin of the symbol of the Camino de Santiago

There are a variety of opinions about the origin of the integration of the shell of the scallop as a symbol of the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

The scallop shell was called Shell of st. James or Shells of the Pilgrim because when the pilgrims finished the Camino de Santiago and arrived at Compostela he gave them two things. On the one hand is delivered to the pilgrims of the Way a scroll that confirmed officially as pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. On the other hand, I put on his hat and coat the shell of st. james, that, "among other things", it showed your stay in Santiago so that, returning to their villages of origin, there may be no doubt of their "achievement and personal merits".

There was a major market in the city of Santiago around the marketing of the scallop shells. The sale of the scallop shells outside of Compostela was strictly prohibited under threat of excommunication from the Catholic Church. In the various establishments of Santiago sold all kinds of shells of a pilgrim: pilgrims ' scallop shells authentic brought from the beaches of Galicia, small shells of the pilgrim in different materials that are sold as amulets and souvenirs for the family and friends of the pilgrims and visitors of the city, shells in pieces of wood or metal by way of souvenirs, etc...

Shell of st. James, a religious symbol of the Way

From a religious point of view, the shells of a pilgrim, arranged in the manner of fingers, are said to mean the good works in which in life you must persevere to reach the goal. Therefore, as the pilgrim bears the shell, you must continue to move forward on the way of st. James to reach the ultimate goal which is to see the Apostle Santiago. In addition, just as the pilgrim bears the shell of a scallop to the neck, any human being we must carry the Lord's yoke upon us and submit to his Commandments.

Shell of the Camino de Santiago, other meanings

The religious significance of the shell of the Camino de Santiago is the symbolism more important in our days. The great fame that has reached the Camino de Santiago and the thousands of pilgrims who visit the Apostle in each year are witness to this fact.

Formerly has been attributed to the shells of the Camino de Santiago other meanings. For example, due to the shape of the shells of scallops, the Shell of st. James is like the leg webbed of a goose, was considered as the shell of st. James as a symbol of recognition of initiation. This award for reaching a goal would be related to the pilgrimage to Compostela.

Finally there is another possible version of their meaning. Would be that the shell of the scallop as a symbol of Venus, means the rebirth of a person, their resurrection; that is to say, the "death" or transcendence of "ego" (selfishness and self-centeredness) to give way to the "authentic self" (simple and humble). The shell of st. James, the pilgrimage through the Camino de Santiago, is also very related to this. The known as the inner Journey, the personal journey, the encounter with God, and overcoming the chains that bind us to the material goods.

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