Rather than to confuse and puzzle, the predecessor of the maze, the labyrinth, was designed to facilitate spiritual journeys. While mazes are composed of many branching paths, the labyrinth consists of one long, winding path.
The first mention of the labyrinth refers to a large masterpiece created in Egypt in the 5th century B.C. Also designed in Greece, Rome, Germany, and even among Nordic fisherman, the labyrinth was used for spiritual renewal, adulthood ceremonies, and good luck.
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