• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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Labyrinth @ Hogsback

LabyrinthHogsbackRetreatThe Labyrinth at The Edge, a mountain retreat in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape, is an eleven circuit Labyrinth, similar in design to the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France, and displays one of the most elaborate Labyrinth designs. The Labyrinth, located at “The Edge”, is circular in shape, and has a diameter of almost thirty meters, and a circumference of ninety one meters. The Labyrinth which was completed in 2002, displays a straight line distance of seven hundred meters to its center, and the actuall distance travelled along its path is 1.4 kilometers, which makes it one of the world’s largest.

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  1. Just for the record Hogsback, Eastern Cape is in South Africa.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogsback,_Eastern_Cape

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