In English, the term labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but the two are actually not the same thing.
The difference is easily described as the puzzle either being unicursal (a single pathway through the puzzle with no branching pathways throughout), or multicursal (a puzzle with several branching pathways and dead-ends).
Labyrinth is a word of Pre-Greek (Minoan) origin, which the Greeks associated with the palace of Knossos in Crete. It's also widely associated with the Lydian word, "labrys," which means "double-edged axe." Since the double axe motif appears in the ruins at Knossos, it's been suggested that the original labyrinth was the royal Minoan palace in Crete.
Pictured here is a silver coin from Knossos in 400 BC representing the labyrinth.
Today, as a unicursal puzzle, the labyrinth is considered more an opportunity of self-discovery. It is used to symbolize and provide the one who embarks on the path's journey the enlightenment of meditative thought towards finding self-realization.
A maze, however, is a journey to a destination to something else. It's about finding the right path to discover the end so that you can embark on your next maze-tastic journey!
The Mazes of MeiroKodo don't just leave you hanging, though! There's a lot more to discover after you've reached the end of the mazes with MeiroKodo.
When was the last time you discovered something you couldn't find anywhere else?