When you think of a maze, I guess you most likely think of a hedged maze in which you can have tremendous fun getting lost. A labyrinth made of tall hedges, a life-sized 3D puzzle to wander in… that is what I think of, or a maize maze, made of tall sweet corn plants cut through with passageways in a specific pattern with dead ends to frustrate you.
For over a thousand years in this country turf mazes have been created on religious sites, such as this one at Whtiby Abbey. It is presumed that walking the pattern on the maze is a form of mediation, that prayers could be recited as the pattern was followed. The actually patterns are thousands of years old and can be seen all over the world, particular in lands where Celtic peoples lived, and also in Greece dating from Minoan times; in fact the word labyrinth comes from the Greek. I’ve always been interested in mazes and patterns, but what I didn’t realise is that there are many, many mazes in Scandinavian fishing communities connected with trolls… I need to find out more!