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Labyrinths and mazes Labyrinths and mazes have been around for literally thousands of years They have special uses in all fields and studies for humankind Mazes are used to not only study humans and their intelligence but also that of animals Mazes and labyrinths are used in so many ways it may boggle the mind They are used to test memory to entertain to provide good story plots for cheesy movies sometimes even those movies that arent so cheesy and in some places provide decoration Labyrinths also provide the basis for some excellent games and hours of fun for the kids whose parents just dont feel like dealing with them at the time Then last but not least labyrinths and mazes can provide excitement in books you just cant put down and puzzles which seem almost impossible to solve for those people who test their minds to the limit for fun The word labyrinth comes from a Latin word labrys which means double-axe One can only speculate why they would call it that but it does make sense Labyrinths were built to protect but what if the person trying to be protected was lost in it A double-bladed axe would be similar It can be used to defeat the enemy as long as the other side of it does not defeat the allies Labyrinths could be used to protect all sorts of things The Egyptians used them to protect riches and even important bodies In one instance in Cretian mythology the labyrinth was built by Daedalus for King Minos to protect the people of Crete from a minotaur Instead of it keeping him from completing the labyrinth it kept him inside so he could do the people no harm He
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