burning ritual at finisterre

Cape Finisterre (Galician: Cabo Fisterra) is a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain.

The name of Cape Finisterre, like that of Finistère in France, derives from the Latin name Finisterrae, which literally means “Land’s End”.

There are several rocks in this area associated with religious legends, such as the “holy stones”, the “stained wine stones”, the “stone chair”, and the tomb of the Celtic crone-goddess Orcabella.[2]

Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James, the pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Cape Finisterre is about a 90-km walk from Santiago de Compostela. It is a tradition for pilgrims to burn their clothes or boots at the end of their journey at Cape Finisterre.



my gift to finisterre

cloud over finisterre

first images of my ‘burning ritual’ at cape finisterre, the final wooden soul message tied to my trusty walking stick with santiago flower bound to it with handy bandaging tape left behind – wedged in the rocks … and then, when i looked up at the sky after the burning ritual … i saw this curious looking cloud.

… muchas gracias por todo, por todo … you long, difficult, beautiful and very strange road.


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