The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths by MacQueen

Gailand MacQueen. The Spirituality of Mazes & Labyrinths. Kelowna, Canada: Northstone, 2005. Oversize hardcover, 128 pages.

Labyrinths and mazes have been around for several thousand years. They can have a purely decorative function, but more often than not they are associated with a practical purpose: to amuse (as mostly in the case of mazes) or to serve a person’s inner journeying (as primarily with labyrinths).

Both designs, especially labyrinths, became popular again in the 1960s as part of New Age syncretism. This exquisitely designed volume with numerous illustrations focuses on the spiritual function of both labyrinths and mazes. It begins with a simple discussion of the nature and functions of both types of design and their respective histories. Next the author, who is a professor of religious studies in Canada and a veteran labyrinth/maze walker, discusses in some detail the symbolism of labyrinths and mazes and takes the reader on a journey to some of the great architectural examples, notably at Chartres and Glastonbury, and in Crete. He also explains the art of constructing them in large or miniature versions.

This is an excellent book for the newcomer to labyrinths and mazes. Gailand MacQueen has led many workshops and also has developed educational programs revolving around these ingenious structures, and so the reader is in good hands.

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