The Camino Series

This universal symbol of the scallop shell is known to all Pilgrims who have journeyed the historic Camino de Santiago. The shell is found along the shores of the Pilgrim’s final destination at Galicia, Spain and serves proof they have successfully completed their journey. In Medieval times it also served as the perfect vessel for food and water. When a Pilgrim presented their shell at churches, castles, and abbeys, they could expect to receive as much rice or porridge as their shell would hold, thus ensuring a daily meal. As a Pilgrim on the Camino I treasure my scallop shell and the spiritual nourishment it holds.

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