Terracotta Angel, c.1896
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The 37th edition of Caerdroia contains an extensive article, illustrated with items from the Labyrinthos Archive, looking at early mirror and wooden panel mazes, two varieties of maze popular in modern times, but where did these forms spring from, and when? We also have studies of the first occurrences of the word “labyrinth” and the problems deciding what it meant at that time and the symbolism of the labyrinths placed in the medieval cathedrals of France.

 Jeff Saward, Editor


Caerdroia 37

March 2008

- Contents -


Editorial : Jeff Saward reviews this issue

The Origins of Mirror & Wooden Panel Mazes : Jeff Saward explores the origins of two popular maze types with photos and items from the Labyrinthos Archive Collection

The Renaissance of Mirror Mazes : Adrian Fisher, creator of many of the mirror mazes currently in existence, tells of their revival in the late 20th century

Dancing Through Time: The Evolution of the Labyrinth into a Symbol for Pilgrimage : Natasha Brandstatter studies the symbolism of the labyrinths placed in the medieval cathedrals of France

The Cretan Labyrinth: Palace or Cave? : Giulia Sarullo debates the origins of the word “Labyrinthos,” and its earliest occurrences

Sigmund Gossembrot’s Labyrinth: A Very Special Design : Andreas Frei takes a look at an unusual labyrinth from the 15th century

Further Thoughts on ‘Perfect’ Labyrinths & How to Create Them : Ellen Galo dissects the structure of mathematically ‘perfect’ labyrinths

Notes and Queries : a new hedge maze in Berlin; an arts & crafts labyrinth from Scotland; a water maze from Rajasthan, India; the Tofte Manor Labyrinth, England; the new Comberton “Mazles” turf labyrinth and two new labyrinths in Europe

The Labyrinth Society : Kimberly Lowelle Saward, TLS President, updates the news

Labyrinth Reviews : the latest maze and labyrinth books and publications reviewed


This edition is now out of print


A number of articles from this edition are now online
in the Caerdroia Archive

CAERDROIA 37

The Journal of Mazes & Labyrinths

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