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.