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Friday, 13 May 2016

Signs and symbols

Now that we've caught up with the main part of the Portuguese Way, we see the scallop a lot more than before.  The scallop is used not only as a guide for travellers or pilgrims but also by locals.  In the picture below, the home owner has created this scene on an outside wall something akin to a nativity scene.

We entered the Pontevedra Council area, as shown by two of the signs.  The other indicates we're on the Portuguese Way.
Some scallop signs look rather ancient.
A figure indicating the Camino de Santiago
Occasionally, we see rocks placed on top of Camino signs.  Jean suggests the practice may be similar to the practice of lovers attaching padlocks to European bridges.
The modern Camino shell has a blue background - blue for the European Union.
This shows the Cross of Santiago (La Cruz de Santiago), which, according to Google, may originate from the time of the crusades.
Local advertisers like to use the scallop to promote their products more effectively....
...like in this image which advertises Estrella beer.
Occasionally, you see images of witches in Galicia.  This part of Spain has Celtic connections and a tradition of sorcery.

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