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In Catholic traditions, pilgrimages are sometimes undertaken with a view that specific effects may adhere to the pilgrim. For St. James of Compostela, are there specific traditions about what a pilgrimage to this site in particular can expect to happen that would be different from other pilgrimages?

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Though not as holy as Rome or Jerusalem, the Cathedral of Santiago, believed to be the resting place of St. James, did confer special status.



  • There is still a tradition in Flanders of pardoning and releasing one prisoner every year under the condition that this prisoner walks to Santiago wearing a heavy backpack, accompanied by a guard. (from Wikipedia)
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