The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes

The Unending Mystery A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes 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 c

  • Title: The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes
  • Author: David Willis McCullough
  • ISBN: 9781400031641
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 catheAccording 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.

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    1. DNFA book that is marketed as a journey through the world's labyrinths and mazes?? Sounds right up my ally no? Alas, I also thought that but such was not the case. While there was nothing wrong with the book, it wasn't what I wanted to read. I wanted to go into this book and learn more about the science, math, and general mystic of this human invention but instead it was just pages after pages of the cultural/mythological stories behind different labyrinths. While they are important and intersti [...]

    2. Like so many of the non-fiction books I enjoy, McCullough goes off on tangents all over the place. There is history and current news, the personal and the universal, the sacred and the secular, the facts and the mystery.Labyrinths and mazes--which are different though related (although for further confusion they are sometimes used interchangeably)--seem to be a phenomenon that has occurred spontaneously throughout cultures and times. They bear a resemblance to both the brain and the womb, and ha [...]

    3. Not very well organized. There weren't enough sections in the chapters so many things blended together. I would have liked a list of labyrinths to visit. The history was helpful and useful, but overall it just didn't have the level of integration of history, modern day sensibilities and how to walk a labyrinth that i was looking for

    4. A charming book which seeks to try and unravel the mystery of the labyrinth which proves to be both a perplexing and fascinating symbol that has captured the interest of people throughout the world and across time. Even today people still flock to walk the labyrinth. The author explores the earliest roots of the labyrinth imagery, and how it has evolved over time to eventually become the modern maze a beloved game and puzzle for many people today. He seeks to uncover the truth beyond one of the [...]

    5. I love labyrinths. I enjoy mazes, both the pencil/paper kind and those like Hampton Court where you actually walk between hedges. Rather, 20 years ago I enjoyed Hampton Court's Maze; I think I'm developing some claustrophobia of late, and the thought of high walls doesn't really do much for me.Anyway, I thought this book would be fun. It's interesting, not exactly fun. There are plenty of details about the history of labyrinths, which are older than Minos and scattered throughout the world. The [...]

    6. Skaitau ir neapleidžia jausmas, kad autorius aprašinėja labirintus kaip prietaisą, priemonę, skirtą nežinia kokiam darbui atlikti. Išsinagrinėjo visą esamą literatūrą, aplankė ir išvaikščiojo daugybę labirintų ir jokio nušvitimo, kaip jis pats sako, nepajuto. Nežinau ar turėjo. Išsamus, kruopštus ir gana geras labirintų tyrimo aprašymas. Tačiau ir toliau neapleidžia jausmas, kad tas aprašymas panašus į tokį, lyg būtų žmogus prieš save pasidėjęs siuvimo maši [...]

    7. Nifty history of labyrinths and mazes (and the differences between them). That some version of labyrinths have been constructed by humans, for so long, and across so many cultures is cool in and of itself and suggests, to me anyway, some deep connectivity. Yet the reasons, aesthetics and uses for them is quite varies and speaks, I think, of the wonderful creativity of human beings. Another bonus is the author's droll sense of humor which occasionally show itself. It's also a relatively short boo [...]

    8. The book traces the labyrinth from the earliest rock carvings and cave paintings though the modern new age movement. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book more. Those chapters were focused on the history and the changed over time. The last few chapter were more about the 'new age' power of the maze and I found my attention wandering.

    9. A very thorough historical and cultural examination of the phenomenon of the labyrinth. It was interesting to see the ways in which the pattern of the labyrinth was worked into different cultures. Since it was a history, it was occasionally pretty dry, but if you're interested in this sort of thing, it was really informative and intriguing.

    10. A history of the labyrinth and its symbolism takes you through time and around the world, discussing the history and types of labyrinths found as well as their meaning to humanity.Interesting but after a bit, I got tired of it and didn't find the modern ones as interesting as the historical ones.

    11. Fascinating easy to read book covering the history of labyrinths and mazes. Touches base on the neolithic sites up to modern times, and the relatively recent phase that's happening now.

    12. I probably should have seen this coming, but this book is really boring. Such fascinating subject matter, though! Hopefully I'll try it again some time.

    13. Tons and tons of speculation by historians about labyrinth-related things. Got to the point where I just couldn't swallow one more unfounded speculation.

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