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The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes

by David W. McCullough

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The Unending Mystery treats labyrinths and mazes of all types and times: the Cretan labyrinth, Roman mosaics, cathedral floors, Scandinavian stone circles, English turf labyrinths, hedge mazes, knot gardens, corn mazes -- even lab-mouse mazes. ("Mazes built for laboratory mice...were based...on Hampton Court's [hedge maze]....[T]ests on muscle and brain activity in sleeping laboratory mice suggest that they dream at night about the mazes they run all day. If so, the Hampton Court design may live on in a dream world its first builders never imagined.")

The appendix offers a step-by-step guide in drawing a seven-circuit Cretan labyrinth....so I drew one on graph paper and used it as a cross-stitch pattern. The book is interesting and informative, and makes me want to incorporate labyrinths into more of my crafting projects. ( )
  extrajoker | Jan 3, 2008 |
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The Unending Mystery is a charming, offbeat, generously illustrated exploration of a form that has had
a place in the culture of almost every civilization since the beginning of human history—and is now experiencing a
modern revival.

Labyrinths appear on Neolithic rock outcroppings and in some of the oldest legends from the Greek Isles and the American Southwest. They have been created to represent everything from the birth of a child to the descent into hell, and legions of claims—from facilitating pregnancy to freeing souls from Purgatory—have been made for their power. In them we see perhaps the first human effort to create a form not found in nature, and we experience a mystery that has survived the millennia in countless manifestations.

From the Mediterranean to Tuscany and Scandinavia, from English villages to French cathedrals and Italian palace gardens, David Willis McCullough takes us on a grand tour of the great labyrinths and mazes. Using a distinctive blend of history and research, he tells the story of their interpretations and uses, from the exalted to the ridiculous. He visits with today’s labyrinth enthusiasts, including a Scotswoman who creates them in the South Bronx, the canon of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral who wants to pepper the world with them, and the showman who conceived the first cornfield maze—a phenomenon that is staving off bankruptcy for many American farmers.

McCullough’s infectious enthusiasm and wit make him the ideal guide to the age-old, ever-alluring world of labyrinths and mazes.

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