The Camino de Santiago: The interplay of European heritage and new traditions

Dani Schrire*

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In this paper I discuss different ideals shaping the development of the reanimated Camino de Santiago (the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela). I first analyze the heritage ideal, represented by the official discourse, especially that of the Council of Europe. I then look at the ideals represented by the material route signs, which demonstrate how the European heritage discourse is enacted "from below" together with competing ideals of the Camino. Last, I present modern traditions found on the Camino and the implicit ideals underlying them. I argue that these traditions are transmitted by face-to-face conduct (orally and bodily) as well as through written texts (mainly on the Internet). I conclude with remarks on the nature of these traditions and their interplay with the European heritage ideal.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalEthnologia Europaea
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


  • Camino de Santiago
  • Cultural routes
  • Heritage routes
  • Post-nationalism
  • Tradition


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