I appreciate the view of another commenter, Joan, who shared this remark — and it could apply to actually walking a labyrinth, as well, I’m sure: “It’s about slowing down, reflecting, being.” Simply reading that keyed me in to why I selected to read this piece, and ah, I’ve been well served.


Cretan Labyrinth Cretan Labyrinth

A book I read recently featured a labyrinth and I got to wondering about them. Here’s what I’ve learned. Although maze and labyrinth are often used interchangeably, there are distinctions for the purest. A labyrinth features a single, non-branching path leading to a center. Unlike a maze, the path of the labyrinth is not intended to be difficult or confusing. So no corn labyrinths for Halloween, please! Labyrinths have appeared in most cultures at some point or another across the globe. The designs have occurred on baskets, pottery, body art, caves, and churches. Their meaning is not fully understood, which made me think about crop circles. From Roman to Renaissance times, most labyrinths have traditionally been unicursal.

Labyrinths reached their most grand expression in the gothic cathedrals of northern France (Chartres, Reims, Amiens). These were magnificent pavement labyrinths set in the floor. Some believe pilgrims walked these paths…

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  1. This is plumb (think missing the depthy/maybe just missing it) embarrassing! I couldn’t figure out how to comment on the original post.
    Night time is really dicey for me in terms of “keeping it together”, but if you want to read some great comments go to the original post. Impressive! It’s like a cultural tableau.
    Ellis is a book author and someone I’m thrilled to have shared himself with me.
    I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve reblogged here on gallingrepeat.com as well and what a delight to be able to do this.
    Thank you, Ellis!

  2. This is my most popular piece as far as likes and reblogs go. Funny, because I think I have better ones, but I’m glad people are getting something from it. I do have a great group of diverse, wonderful followers. Thanks for sharing this!

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