When you think of mazes and labyrinths, you think of getting lost in the various ways. While most people use the terms interchangeably, mazes and labyrinths follow different construction. A maze has branching paths and the goal is to find the correct path. The word “maze” comes from middle English and means “delirium” or “delusion”. The biggest plant maze in the world is a 10-acre circular puzzle in Reignac-sur-Indre, France.
The original intent of a labyrinth, on the other hand, was not losing your way, it was finding yourself. Ancient labyrinths looked much like the spirals you just saw. They were circular and had one single path, which would try to create a serene and introspective mood. The intent behind labyrinths was to send the visitor on a spiritual journey. Strictly speaking, labyrinth have only one way you can go. You might feel disorientated, but you won’t get lost.
The concept of labyrinths is incredibly old. The oldest labyrinth dates back to the 5th century BC in Egypt, yet the name comes from old Greek. You might recall the legend of the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull, and Ariadne, who provided guidance.