Why does someone decide to do the Camino? This is a question with an infinite number of possible answers. Now, to fully immerse ourselves in all that “ultreia” means, let’s keep the following answer: many people make the Camino de Santiago to find themselves.

When you go on a journey of inner discovery, where you vibrate on the same frequency as other people who are on a pilgrimage at the same time as you, wonderful things happen. They end up creating bonds of camaraderie and empathy that make everything flow smoothly.

What does Ultreia mean?

Even if you have never walked the Camino, you will surely recognize this expression. But do you really know what it means? “Ultreia” is an expression of greeting or support among pilgrims that means: “Let’s go further!”, “Go ahead”, “Hurry up or go ahead”. It is an expression full of camaraderie and good vibrations, that collective frequency that characterizes the path we were talking about.

It is a word of Latin origin composed of “ultra” which means “more” and “eia” which means “there”.

and, “et suseia”?

It is very common to accompany the phrase with this expression “Ultreia et suseia!”. Suseia means “Let’s go higher” or “Hallelujah”.

The full expression takes on the meaning of encouragement to get to Compostela and joy at arriving.

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But what is the origin of this expression?

This greeting began to be used spontaneously, already in medieval times. It was taken from the Codex Calixtinus, the first guide to the Camino de Santiago in history. This expression appears in the musical part of the second appendix: “Dum pater families” and in other parts of the book.

However, it is true that at the present time it is this expression is somewhat out of use. It has been replaced by the modern ¡Buen camino! The reason for the disappearance is simple, and is that with the popularization of the Camino certain traditions were lost. However, the positive side of this process of popularization is the fact that new traditions are emerging over time.

Are there more songs of the Camino de Santiago?

Despite the popularity of the tour there is little current musical material in relation to it, so the most important are the older songs, those that obey more to the historical tradition of the route itself. In medieval times the Camino de Santiago was a source of inspiration and a way of spreading musical culture.