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The Unending Mystery: A Journey through Labyrinths Ansd Mazesby David W. McCullough
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According to legend, anyone who wandered into the labyrinth in Ancient Crete never came out again. Some labyrinths may have offered patterns for an erotic spring dance. Those on the floors of Medieval cathedrals represent mathematical perfection–and walking their paths was a symbolic approach to the divine.
From ancient Mediterranean coin patterns to the great French cathedral labyrinths to contemporary cornfield mazes, labyrinths and mazes have appeared all over the world, but never have so many been created as in today’s revival, on farms, and in parks, churches, hospitals, and spas across the country.
In his charmingly quirky investigation of an image that has inspired countless beautiful patterns and mysterious practices, David Willis McCullough offers an irresistible way to enjoy their enduring appeal.
A critical study of the role of labyrinths and mazes throughout human history looks at countless manifestations of the cultural phenomenon throughout the millennia, from the Neolithic period to the present, and provides a tour of great examples around the world, along with their uses and interpretations. Reprint.
About the Author
David Willis McCullough’s previous books include Brooklyn . . . and How It Got That Way, several
mysteries, and, as editor, a number of anthologies, most recently Wars of the Irish Kings. For many years he was
a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club Editorial Board. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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