Labyrinth of Jerusalem

July 9, 2009

n. A twisted path drawn into the ground to aide in prayer and meditation.

One last word from Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death.  Also known as a prayer labyrinth or meditation labyrinth, a Labyrinth of Jerusalem is a popular pagan ritual adopted by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages.  While one would focus on the following the winding path to the center, one would reflect upon God.  Without knowing its name, I walked one of these at a church in California (interesting because they supposedly have fallen out of favor in modern times).

According to Wikipedia, the most famous of these can be found at the Cathedral of Chartes and seen here.  The standard maze design, including the one I walked on as well as the Chartes, can be found here