Man in the Maze

The figure above is known as the “Man in the maze,” an emblem of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Southern Arizona (formerly known as the Papago Indians). The design, depicting a man entering a labyrinth, is most often seen on basketry dating back as far as the nineteenth century. The man is placed at the entrance of the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a floor plan and represents the experiences and choices we make on our journey through life. It is said that in the middle of the maze, a person finds their dream and goals.

I first came across this symbol in a shop in Glastonbury and I felt drawn to it. I like the idea that once we find our way through the labyrinth we will reach our goals and dreams. I can imagine what a peaceful feeling that would be. Finally no more bad choices and decisions. Well I don’t actually belief that there are bad choices, as everything we experience in life is a lesson and will eventually lead us were we are meant to be. I hope that is true and I also hope that even if we take the wrong turn at the crossroads that we still one day will reach the middle of that labyrinth.

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