Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

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Following the Milky Way is the story of Elyn Aviva's 500-mile-long journey on foot on the Camino de Santiago. This 1000-year-old pilgrimage road stretches from the French Pyrenees across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle. It is a journey that crosses the landscape of the soul as well as the mountains and mesetas of Spain.

This book is a vivid memoir of a life-changing adventure, chance encounters, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected ...

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Overview

Following the Milky Way is the story of Elyn Aviva's 500-mile-long journey on foot on the Camino de Santiago. This 1000-year-old pilgrimage road stretches from the French Pyrenees across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle. It is a journey that crosses the landscape of the soul as well as the mountains and mesetas of Spain.

This book is a vivid memoir of a life-changing adventure, chance encounters, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected pleasures. Spanish history, wine, food, literature, art, architecture, and legend share equal time with the stories of pilgrims that Elyn meets along the way. Following the Milky Way is a fascinating historical document. Today, hundreds of thousands of people -- including Shirley MacLaine -- are going on the Camino, but Following the Milky Way describes the pilgrimage in 1982, when the Camino was nearly abandoned.

This second edition includes a new introduction that explores the meaning of pilgrimage in greater detail, delves more deeply into the esoteric symbols and pre-Christian shrines that lie hidden within the Way, and provides a unique look at the changes that have occurred in the pilgrimage in recent years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971060906
  • Publisher: Pilgrims Process, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 597,076
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Author's Note vii
Introduction to the Second Edition ix
Introduction to the First Edition xxvii
Prelude 3
On the Camino 11
Back in the U.S., 1983 273
Notes 275
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Two naïve and ill prepared people (the author and her compa

    Two naïve and ill prepared people (the author and her companion) walk the Camino in 1982, before it was popular and prepared to fully support pilgrims. There is much about the book that is annoying. The constant wondering if they are on the “real” or “authentic” road (one gets very tired of the quotes), trying to decide if they are “real” pilgrims, what seems like the authors whining when things don’t go well, and the typographical errors. Even with that, however, the descriptions of food, country and history are well done and redeeming. The author’s lack of clarity regarding the purpose of her pilgrimage permeates the personal sharing and, despite her attempts at honesty, detracts. The more academic aspects of the book are very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2001

    Modern Travel in a 15th Century Time Bubble

    How do you make a pilgrimage in today's crazy, secular world? Elyn Aviva brings her anthropological insights, her historical knowledge and her sore feet together to tell the tale of her 500 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A skillful writing of academic studies and unplanned adventures results in an armchair full of exciting travels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    Pilgrim or Armchair Traveler, check this one out!

    This account of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, made in 1982, before the current resurgence, contains everything you need to know about history, architecture, myth and legend along the ancient route across northern Spain and more. It is a personal account, but one chock full of customs and lore, as well as facts and individual musings on the nature of pilgrimage and what drives a pilgrim to leave home and hearth to trek 500 miles to the medieval end of the world. Elyn tells her story with humor and pathos and ask the reader to consider just what the pilgrimage route and the symbols contained therein might really mean for today's pilgrims. It is, after all, both an inner and outer journey.

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