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in the Maze
figure known as the "Man in the Maze," depicts a man entering or exiting
a labyrinth. It is a theme seen on baskets from as far back as the nineteenth
century and occasionally in Hopi silver art. Such depictions of labyrinths are
also found in ancient petroglyphs (Native American rock art).
symbol can represent a person's journey through life. The maze contains many twists
and turns, meant to represent choices made in life. It illustrates the
search for balance - physical, social, mental and spiritual. The center is round
and dark, so the journey can be from darkness to light or vice versa depending
on which way you are headed!
the center as a representation of a person's dreams and goals. When you
reach the center, you have reached your goals and the sun god is there to greet
and there bless you and help you pass into the next world.
interpretation of this symbol is that the man represents the human seed and the
maze is the womb. As the man enters the maze, he creates new life which represents
reincarnation or eternal life.
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