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An Essay The Labyrinth Thousands of questions arise when I think of a labyrinth Of course I thought that the simplest is - what it is But probably I was wrong The labyrinth dates back to prehistoric time and is perceived as sacred space It had been a part of many cultures such as Celtic Mayan Greek Cretan and Native American The word labyrinth comes from a Latin word labrys which means double-axe On one hand labyrinths were built to protect but on the other what if the person trying to be protected was lost in it And so is with a double-bladed axe It can be used to defeat the enemy as long as the other side of it does not defeat the allies Labyrinths were used to protect different things Labyrinth is a huge building with lots of rooms long corridors with hidden exit and hard-to-find enter The Egyptians used them to protect riches and even important bodies In Cretian mythology the labyrinth was built by Daedalus for King Minos to protect the people of Crete from a Minotaur He was kept inside so he could do the people no harm Labyrinths can protect destroy isolate or hide They can entertain you for hours but if you are trapped inside and can find no way out its becoming a torture People still wonder with what purpose labyrinths were created Were they meant for entertainment protection or torture No one will really ever know for sure Some people even consider that labyrinths are some kind of radars of other worlds People also consider labyrinth to be a sacred place for meditations What is a labyrinth It is not a maze made to engage and confuse the mind but a single path that meanders throughout a usually circular form leading finally to the center As the body moves the mind quiets freeing the spirit within to lift images and feelings to the conscious mind
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