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Labyrinth in the Nilgiri Hills of southwest India. This shape has extremely wide expanse. A lot of the surviving South Asian forms are bound up with art illustrating Buddhist jatakas, as those in Europe are with the churches. It also appears in Ethopian manuscripts about the Queen of Sheba, Scandinavian geoglyphs. In Hopi a squared-off form is called Tapu'at: "Mother-Child," clarifying the meaning of cosmic womb, gestation, and portal into the spirit realm
According to O'odham oral history, the labyrinth design depicts experiences and choices we make in our journey through life. In the middle of the "maze", a person finds their dreams and goals. When one reaches the center, we have one final opportunity (the last turn in the design) to look back upon our choices and path, before the Sun God greets us, blesses us and passes us into the next world.