Roland's rambles

Joined April 2017
  • Day57


    June 19, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Had a date in the square.
    Jazz group performing with an Indian girl who sang variations of 'Agh' for an hour. Sponsored by a local boutique brewery, so I could sample their 1906 Red for €1 per bottle.

  • Day56

    Corporate takeover or merger?

    June 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    The origins of Muxia can be traced back to the stone sanctuary of Neolithic fertility cults dating from the 3rd millennium BC. The stones were a manifestation of the sacred (hierophanies) that attracted prehistoric pilgrims. The Church took advantage of this ancient tradition and Christianised the pagan cults. This was done by monastic orders and the lands occupied by the monks gave the name Monxia (land of the monks).
    The Iglesias from the Piedra d'Abalar (rocking stone) which became the stone boat in which the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint James the Apostle when he was getting tired of preaching. Another stone, the Piedra d'os Cadris (sail stone) became the sail of that vessel, navigated by angels that used the Piedra del Timon (rudder stone) to steer. The ancient rites of love and fertility became associated with the Piedra de los Enamorados. So began the legend of the Virgen de la Barca whose sanctuary became the end of the Camino.
    There are no records of deliberate lamp lighting to lure ships ashore, but in the church we can see how the locals fished for plunder from the wrecks.
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  • Day56


    June 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I made it. About 1000 km including detours and sightseeing. And celebrated with a fresh Sea Bass caught by line off this Coast (and vino Tinto of course).
    The women of Muxia like to keep an eye on their menfolk - is that a carp on her head?

  • Day56


    June 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Neolithic tribes could do it.
    The ancient Egyptians could do it.
    Romans and Greeks could do it.
    But Galicians can't - without the obilisk splitting.
    Or maybe the lightening that struck it (and the church) was sent by the pagan Gods as a warning.

  • Day55

    But wait, there's more

    June 17, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I collected another certificate for getting to Finisterre and discovered there is a third available for going to Muxia.
    Naughty farmer drying corn the old way.
    The Costa del Morte, named for the number of shipwrecks on its waters (not all US warships) provides a pretty and less popular walk between Fisterra and Muxia.Read more

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