Meditative Mazes and Labyrinths

Meditative Mazes and Labyrinths

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  • Author: Cassandra Camille Wass
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781402765292
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 64

An exploration of mazes and labyrinths with guidance for their use in meditation.


The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths

The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths

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  • Author: Gailand MacQueen
  • Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
  • ISBN: 1896836690
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 128

In this full-colour, beautifully illustrated book, Gailand MacQueen uses myth, history, and personal experience to explore the spiritual meanings of mazes and labyrinths. Convinced that labyrinths and mazes have much to teach us, Gailand MacQueen invites readers on a sometimes mystical, sometimes mysterious, journey of spiritual discovery.


Mazes and Labyrinths

Mazes and Labyrinths

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  • Author: William Henry Matthews
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 048622614X
  • Category : Games
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 253

With devoted scholarship and an appreciation for what he terms "the lure of the labyrinth," Matthews explores accounts of ancient mazes, the "meanders" of Greek and Roman times, theories on the meaning of church labyrinths, the hedge maze, and more. All important or exceptional examples are illustrated with 151 line drawings.


Big Book of Mazes and Labyrinths

Big Book of Mazes and Labyrinths

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  • Author: Walter Shepherd
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486229513
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 112

The path least traveled makes all the difference in this volume, especially when you find yourself crossing bridges, escaping from caves, lighting firecrackers, spelling out passwords, and untangling snakes. These 50 challenges include classic, solid, and ripple mazes, along with short-path and avoidance labyrinths and other intriguing problems. Solutions.


Mazes and Labyrinths: A General Account of their History and Development

Mazes and Labyrinths: A General Account of their History and Development

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  • Author: William Henry Matthews
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • ISBN: 1465612211
  • Category : Labyrinths
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 253

The hedge-maze, which is the only type with which most of us have a first-hand acquaintance, is generally felt to be a survival of a romantic age, even though we esteem its function as nothing higher than that of a playground for children. Many a tender intrigue has been woven around its dark yew alleys. Mr. Compton Mackenzie, for example, introduces it most effectively as a lovers' rendezvous in "The Passionate Elopement," and no doubt the readers of romantic literature will recall other instances of a like nature. The story of fair Rosamond's Bower is one which will leap to the mind in this connection. This type of maze alone is worth more than a passing thought, but it is far from being the only, or even the most interesting, development of the labyrinth idea. What is the difference, it may be asked, between a maze and a labyrinth? The answer is, little or none. Some writers seem to prefer to apply the word "maze" to hedge-mazes only, using the word "labyrinth" to denote the structures described by the writers of antiquity, or as a general term for any confusing arrangement of paths. Others, again, show a tendency to restrict the application of the term "maze" to cases in which the idea of a puzzle is involved. It would certainly seem somewhat inappropriate to talk of "the Cretan Maze" or "the Hampton Court Labyrinth," but, generally speaking, we may use the words interchangeably, regarding "maze" as merely the northern equivalent of the classic "labyrinth." Both words have come to signify a complex path of some kind, but when we press for a closer definition we encounter difficulties. We cannot, for instance, say that it is "a tortuous branched path designed to baffle or deceive those who attempt to find the goal to which it leads," for, though that description holds good in some cases, it ignores the many cases in which there is only one path, without branches, and therefore no intent to baffle or mislead, and others again in which there is no definite "goal." We cannot say that it is a winding path "bounded by walls or hedges," for in many instances there are neither walls nor hedges. One of the most famous labyrinths, for example, consisted chiefly of a vast and complicated series of rooms and columns. In fact, we shall find it convenient to leave the question of the definition of the words, and also that of their origin, until we have examined the various examples that exist or are known to have existed.


The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages

The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages

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  • Author: Penelope Reed Doob
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 1501738461
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 378

Ancient and medieval labyrinths embody paradox, according to Penelope Reed Doob. Their structure allows a double perspective—the baffling, fragmented prospect confronting the maze-treader within, and the comprehensive vision available to those without. Mazes simultaneously assert order and chaos, artistry and confusion, articulated clarity and bewildering complexity, perfected pattern and hesitant process. In this handsomely illustrated book, Doob reconstructs from a variety of literary and visual sources the idea of the labyrinth from the classical period through the Middle Ages. Doob first examines several complementary traditions of the maze topos, showing how ancient historical and geographical writings generate metaphors in which the labyrinth signifies admirable complexity, while poetic texts tend to suggest that the labyrinth is a sign of moral duplicity. She then describes two common models of the labyrinth and explores their formal implications: the unicursal model, with no false turnings, found almost universally in the visual arts; and the multicursal model, with blind alleys and dead ends, characteristic of literary texts. This paradigmatic clash between the labyrinths of art and of literature becomes a key to the metaphorical potential of the maze, as Doob's examination of a vast array of materials from the classical period through the Middle Ages suggests. She concludes with linked readings of four "labyrinths of words": Virgil's Aeneid, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Chaucer's House of Fame, each of which plays with and transforms received ideas of the labyrinth as well as reflecting and responding to aspects of the texts that influenced it. Doob not only provides fresh theoretical and historical perspectives on the labyrinth tradition, but also portrays a complex medieval aesthetic that helps us to approach structurally elaborate early works. Readers in such fields as Classical literature, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, comparative literature, literary theory, art history, and intellectual history will welcome this wide-ranging and illuminating book.


The Curious History of Mazes

The Curious History of Mazes

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  • Author: Julie E. Bounford
  • Publisher: Wellfleet Press
  • ISBN: 0760363021
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 192

Thread your way through this aMAZEing history and delve into a curious experience!​ From prehistoric times, mazes and labyrinths worldwide have served as different symbolic, ritualistic, and practical purposes. Taken as a powerful metaphor for life's journey, they can be used as tools for meditation and learning at any level, even when completed for recreation. Maze images can be enjoyed as motifs themselves, but also in their material forms—a meditation, puzzle, dance, walk, ritual, pilgrimage, or simply a day out. Drawing upon a wealth of historical and classical literature; accounts written by explorers, archaeologists, and historians; and the output of modern and contemporary world-renowned experts and enthusiasts, social historian Dr. Julie Bounford explores the evolution of mazes through time and across continents, presenting their history in a fun and engaging format while challenging readers to solve over 100 mazes—many created exclusively for this book by illustrator and artist Trevor Bounford. Learn about: The earliest recorded examples, legends, and mazes in the ancient world Mazes used as sacred rituals and symbols that take us beyond the natural world Turf, stone, hedge, and garden mazes, and sites of communal rustic revels The modern revival, with mazes taken to forms never previously imagined Explore how mazes can improve your mental dexterity and create mindfulness, and use the gazetteer to locate historical, replica, and interesting mazes that exist around the world today. The Puzzlecraft series from Wellfleet Press tackles some of the greatest conundrums of our time. Learn how to navigate the world’s trickiest mazes, solve the most complex crosswords, and finally get the answer to “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Follow literature’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he guides you through hundreds of challenging cross-fitness brain exercises inspired by his most popular cases and adventures. You can also train your memory to perform better and learn the meanings behind your own personality traits or the traits of others. These handy and portable paperbacks are sized perfectly to travel, whether on vacation or just for your daily commute. The intricately designed covers and bold colors will capture your attention as much as the engaging content inside. Other titles in the series include: The Curious History of the Crossword; The Curious History of the Riddle; Escape from Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: Code Breakers; Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: Math & Logic Games; Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: Visual Puzzles; Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: Lateral Brain Teasers; Solving Sherlock Homes; Solving Sherlock Holmes Volume II; Maximize Your Memory; and The Book of Personality Tests.


Working with the Labyrinth

Working with the Labyrinth

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  • Author: Ruth Sewell, Sellers Jan Williams Di
  • Publisher: Wild Goose Publications
  • ISBN: 1849522480
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 144

Around the world a growing number of people are working with the labyrinth, an ancient artefact which is fulfilling a renewed role in today's world. This book offers ideas and examples of labyrinths in use in various situations: arts, community and social settings; schools, colleges and universities; a hospice, and a secure hospital; counselling, psychotherapy and well-being; churches, retreats and interfaith contexts.


Mazes in Videogames

Mazes in Videogames

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  • Author: Alison Gazzard
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786492929
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 192

From the text adventures of Zork, to the arcade game of Pac-Man, to the corridors of Doom, and on to the city streets of Grand Theft Auto IV, the maze has often been used as a space to trap and confuse players in their navigation of gameworlds. However, the maze as a construction on the landscape has a long history before the invention of the videogame. By examining the change in the maze from the landscapes of open spaces and closed gardens through to the screen of the videogame, both mazes and labyrinths are discussed in terms of historical reference, alongside the author’s personal experiences of walking and playing these structures. This book shows how our cultural experiences of real world maze landscapes may have changed, and how we negotiate videogame worlds along the various paths and meanings they so often create for us.


Mazes and Labyrinths

Mazes and Labyrinths

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  • Author: Walter Shepherd
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Labyrinths
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 122

amusements using principle of maze, most based on story situations. Quite unusual. 84 illustrations.