Labyrinth / Maze

November 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

Labyrinths and mazes are often connected to quests, and the idea of the search for the Centre. Finding out the Answer is analogous to finding the Centre; getting to the ‘core’ or the ‘heart’ of something that might be complex, enigmatic, mystical, difficult… Compare this also to the symbolism connected to the knot.

According to some, labyrinths can be read as diagrams of Heaven; where a terrestrial maze may reproduce the celestial. On the other hand, labyrinths can also represent the inability to escape: Sometimes they are used as traps, to lure devils into it, so that they might be locked inside never to be released.

Other keywords: emblems, whirlpools, cosmic labyrinths, pilgrimage, the Underworld, infinity, traps

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§ 3 Responses to Labyrinth / Maze

  • G.R. says:

    Thanx/ and I love the word “labyrinthine”
    the whole business makes me think (way fondly) of
    Senor Borges, master librarian & enchanter

    • Maria says:

      As I was sketching on a first draft intended to be the main entry for “Labyrinths” in my “Encyclopedia” section, I did indeed intend to base it on Borges – The Library of Babel, The Garden of Forking Paths, The House of Asterion, connected to the labyrinth theme and also some of my favourite short stories. But in the end, laziness won out. I will try my hand at it at a later date! And “labyrinthine”, I couldn’t agree more, it’s lovely.

  • labyrinths are womb emblems, and the hero’s quest is for rebirth…many churches have mazes, inherited from pre-christian ritual… RT

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