ING15 FINAL CONCLUSION

          The concordance of the multidisciplinary criteria reviewed here leads me to conclude that the Jacobean Tradition contains a valuable background of verisimilitude that should not be denied. If the various opposing hypotheses have failed to explain the origin of the Jacobean cult, if there is no evidence or alibi that deny or contradict the Tradition of the preaching of Santiago in Spain and the transfer and discovery of its remains in Galicia, and on the contrary, there are indications, testimonies, documents and findings that converge in its viability, and the historical context and the archaeological contributions makes it compatible and possible, there is at least to admit its verisimilitude, while its dismissal from critical apriorism is Unjustified: nothing and nobody has given up to this day a satisfactory explanation of the phenomenon of Compostela, which is not the very core of the Tradition itself

          There is no doubt that what is venerated in Compostela is the figure of one of the great apostles of Christ, as an example of commitment and renunciation to the point of giving his life for his faith. And it is faith that legitimizes the Jacobean cult, not the certainty or doubt about the presence of its relics. But it is proposed too often, perhaps as an impartial and elegant departure, that the subject of the relics is secondary. The Jacobean question does not seek to establish priorities as being primary or secondary, but rather studies it as an integral concept. In my initial approach, I said that the Camino de Santiago is a route of pilgrimage and ideological and cultural content, and both, course and content, should be taken care of, as they define their geographical, historical and cultural identity. Way and Tradition are necessary facets as two sides of the same coin. To forget the Tradition would be to forget one half of the Way.

          The Jacobean culture born of the Tradition of the Apostle Santiago, is an ideal space for personal experience, both from worship and faith, and from the pragmatic experience of the Way, where the sacred and the profane go hand in hand. Those who only seek in the Way a spiritual experience, or only live it as a personal challenge, will never fully understand and enjoy what Compostela and his Way is.

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