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MARCO DO COUTO (km. 26,361)

MARCO DO COUTO (km. 26,361)

We have reached the beautiful Cruise of Marco do Couto, after almost 2km from the bifurcation Fisterra-Muxía. This kind of monument and its location in a crossroad is very common in Galicia. The cruises started to be common after the Council of Trent, in the 16th century, mainly because of the favorable induced by the strength that the Holy Inquisition displayed.

Next to the cruise we can see that many pilgrims have left stones, something that has a very special meaning in the Costa da Morte. The cult to the stone is something very ingrained in the area, and it’s linked to multiple beliefs like the one that says “yo no creo en las meigas, pero haberlas, haylas”  (I don’t believe in witches, but they do exist), an ambiguous saying that is a clear example of what many people think about this subject. Costa da Morte has multiple manifestations of this reality, like the abalar stone or the os cadrís one, both located in Muxía, or the fertilizing stone of Duío.

In this enclave, on the left side, and next to the wall, there is an engraved stone with an inscription that refers to the Camino Real (“C.R.”), path that concurs in various points with the itinerary of pilgrimage. It was supposed to be the frame, before the cruise, that pointed out the territorial and administrative limits between Dumbría and Buxantes, current parish of said municipality. In this sense, the Marco do Couto is a point of historical relevance.

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