My fellow mythonauts,
I’m going on a very long walk so I won’t have an opportunity to post for the next six weeks or so.
This old pilgrimage route in northern Spain called the Camino de Santiago, is also known as the Road of the Stars. Ancients believed that souls descended the path of the Milky Way to be born and returned to the Milky Way after death. (Very diverse peoples believe this – not just ancient Europeans but also the Maya and many Native American tribes in what is now the United States among others). The Camino de Santiago is said to follow or mirror the path of the Milky Way, ending on the coast of Spain at Finisterre, the proverbial End of the World where the sun died every day in the west. So the trek is metaphorically a kind of self-transformation through death to rebirth.
I hope to have more interesting things to say about this after I get back.