Why does someone decide to do the Way? This is a question with an infinite number of possible answers. Now, to immerse ourselves fully in all that “ultreia” means, let’s stay with the following answer: many do the Way of Saint James to find themselves.
When you take a journey of inner discovery, in which you vibrate at the same frequency as other people who are on pilgrimage at the same time as you, wonderful things happen. You end up generating bonds of comradeship and empathy that make everything flow smoothly.
What does Ultreia mean?
I’m sure even if you’ve never done the walk, you recognize this expression. But do you really know what it means?
“Ultreia” is an expression of greeting or support among the pilgrims that means: “Let’s go further!”, “Go ahead”, “Hurry up or go ahead”. It’s an expression full of camaraderie and good vibes, that collective frequency that characterizes the path we were talking about.
It is a word of Latin origin composed of “ultra” meaning “more” and “eia” meaning “there”.
and, ”et suseia”?
It is very common to accompany the sentence with this expression “Ultreia et suseia! Suseia means “Let’s go higher!” or “Hallelujah”.
The whole expression takes on the meaning of encouragement to reach Compostela and joy in reaching it.
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, if it is true that at present this expression is a little bit in disuse. It has been replaced by the modern Good Way. The reason for its disappearance is simple: with the popularization of the Way, certain traditions were lost. However, the positive side of this popularization process is the fact that with the passage of time new traditions are emerging.
Are there more songs from the Way of St. James?
In spite of the popularity of the route, there is little current musical material in relation to it, so the oldest songs stand out above all, those that obey more to the historical tradition of the route itself. In medieval times, the Way of Saint James was a source of inspiration and a means of disseminating musical culture. We can highlight the song Ultreia et Suseia.
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