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The topic of this blog is the labyrinth. Under nearly all aspects, I would like to arouse your interest on the fascinating lines and the meaning of this old object. Being an old surveyor I put my focus on the geometrical shape.
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Among the one-arm labyrinths we have not found any pairs of uninteresting labyrinths complementary to each other (see related posts, below). In labyrinths with multiple arms, however, such pairs do exist, at least if we consider labyrinths as uninteresting in which the path enters on the outermost circuit or reaches the center from the innermost circuit. This is shown in the following example.

Figure 1. Complementary, Uninteresting Labyrinths

Labyrinth a has 2 arms and 3 circuits. The pathway enters on the outermost circuit. Therefore it is an uninteresting labyrinth. The path also reaches the center from the outermost circuit.

The complementary of it, labyrinth b, is also an uninteresting labyrinth. In this, the path enters the labyrinth on the innermost circuit and also reaches the center from the innermost cirucit.

So far, this is nothing special. But in this labyrinth we can observe another special feature. This can be seen, if we also view the two duals of these labyrinths. This is shown in the already familiar manner in figure 2.

Figure 2. The Dual and the Complementary Labyrinths are the Same

The dual (b) to the original labyrinth (a) ist the same as the complementary (c). The dual (d) to the complementary (c) is the same as the original (a). The two labyrinths that are dual-complementary to each other are the same.

Now this is not valid for all pairs of complementary uninteresting labyrinths. However, other labyrinths exist, in which this is also the case. In figure 3 I show two such examples of labyrinths and their patterns (only originals). In these labyrinths also, the complementary and the duals are the same.

Figure 3. Other Labyrinths with this Property

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To say it more exactly, here I relate to the 21 row-shaped visceral labyrinths, still known from some of the previous articles (see Related Posts below).

The appearance is defined by the circuit or path sequence. With that one can construct the different and new labyrinth types (here 21). To this I use the once before presented method to draw a labyrinth (see below).

The path and the limitation lines are equally wide. The center is bigger. The last piece of the path leads vertically into the center. All elements are connected next to each other without sharp bends and geometrically correct. There are only straight lines and curves. This all on the smallest place possible. All together makes up the Knidos style.

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I think that by this style the movement pattern of every labyrinth becomes especially well recognizable. With that they can be compared more easy with the already known labyrinths.

Remarkably for me it is that only one specimen (E 3384 v_6) begins with the first circuit. And the fact that many directly circle around the middle and, finally, from the first circuit the center directly is reached. Noticeably are also the many vertical straight and parallel pieces in the middle section.

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Among all one-arm labyrinths with up to and including 7 circuits, there are no two uninteresting labyrinths complementary to each other. The reason for this is that in such labyrinths the pathway always must enter the labyrinth on the outermost circuit or reach the center from the innermost circuit (see related posts, below). However, there exist uninteresting labyrinths with more than 7 circuits in which this is not the case.

In order to show this, I begin with the example of the 11-circuit Cakra-Vyuh labyrinth (see related posts). Figure 1 shows this labyrinth and the pattern of it.

Figure 1. The 11-circuit Cakra Vyuh Labyrinth


As can be seen, the pathway enters the labyrinth on the first circuit and reaches the center from the innermost circuit. So, the outer- and innermost circuits can simply be cut-off (grey lines in the right image). This then results in a labyrinth with 9 circuits, in which the pathway does not enter on the outermost circuit and doesn’t either reach the center from the innermost circuit. The pattern of this labyrinth is shown in figure 2.

Figure 2.The Pattern of the Uninteresting Labyrinth with 9 Circuits

Because we removed the grey circuits, the course of the pathway in the remaining pattern is from top right to bottom left. If we want to show the pattern in the usual form, we have to mirror it horizontally. This does not affect the pattern itself nor the labyrinth related to it, except for the labyrinth changing its rotational direction (see related posts).

Even though the pathway of this labyrinth enters on the 3rd circuit and reaches the center from the 7th circuit, this is an uninteresting labyrinth. This, because it is made up of two elements of the type Knossos on circuits 1 – 3 and 7 – 9 (indicated with brackets in the right image) and three internal trivial cirucits 4, 5, 6 between them (indicated with dashes). Although this labyrinth is uninteresting, it is self-dual.

Parenthesis: This labyrinth has similarities with the well known basic type (former: Cretan type) labyrinth. However, the basic type is a very interesting (that is interesting and self-dual) labyrinth.

Figure 3. The Pattern of the Basic Type Labyrinth

As shown in figure 3, this is also made-up of two elements of the type Knossos. However, between these there is only one circuit. And this is by no means trivial as it is needed to connect the two elements. But adding further circuits in the shape of a serpentine will result in an uninteresting labyrinth.

Let us get back to the uninteresting labyrinth with 9 circuits. How does the complementary labyrinth look like? Is it may be also an uninteresting labyrinth?

Figure 4. The Two Complementary Labyrinths with 9 Circuits

In order to generate the complementary, we mirror the original labyrinth vertically and let the connections with the environment and the center uninterrupted. Then the pathway enters on the 7th circuit and reaches the center from the 3rd circuit. The three trivial internal circuits are still recognizable. However, they are enclosed by the axial pieces of the pathway that lead into the labyrinth and to the center. So they are nested one level deeper. Therefore, this is no more an uninteresting, but an interesting, and, as it is self-dual, a very interesting labyirnth.

Thus it seems, that also in larger one-arm labyrinths there are no pairs of uninteresting labyirnths that are complementary to each other.

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Here it is about the decoding of the circuit sequences of the row-shaped 21 visceral labyrinths shown in the last article on this subject (see related posts below).

The question is: Can I generate one-arm alternating labyrinths with one center in the middle from them? That means no walk-through labyrinths where the also unequivocal path passes through, but is ending at an aim in the middle.
Maybe one could call them “walk-in labyrinths” contrary  to the “walk-through labyrinths”?

The short answer: Yes, it is possible. And the result are 21 new, up to now unknown labyrinths.

The circuit sequence for the walk-through labyrinth can be converted into one for a walk- in labyrinth by leaving out the last “0” which stands for “outside”. The highest number stands for the center. If it is not at the last place in the circuit sequence, one must add one more number.
This “trick” is necessary only for two labyrinths and then leads to labyrinths with even circuits (VAT 984_6 and VAN 9447_7).

The gallery shows all the 21 labyrinths in concentric style with a greater center.

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All labyrinths are different. Not one has appeared up to now somewhere. They have between 9 and 16 circuits, the most 11 circuits. They show between 3 and 6 turning points.

In these constellations there are purely mathematically seen 134871 variations of interesting labyrinths, as proves Tony Phillips, professor of mathematics.

There are still a lot of possibilities to find new labyrinths or to invent them.

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Further Link
The website of Tony Phillips

Our Best Wishes for 2018

We hope you had a good start in new year. This year again promises intersting insights into the world of labyrinths.


Or more precisely: The circuit sequence of the the row-shaped visceral labyrinths. Amongst the up to now known 27 visceral labyrinths there are 21 row-shaped visceral walk-through labyrinths.  The circuit sequence may serve as a distinguishing feature. Here I would like to show the sequences of all 21 specimens.

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The method is to number the vertical loops in series from left to right. The shifting elements do not receive a number. Besides, “0” stands for outside. The transverse loops in E 3384 r_4 and E 3384 r_5 are numbered the same way. A special specimen is E 3384 v_4. Here some loops are “evacuated”. However, also there a useful circuit sequence can be found.

All labyrinths are different. No one is like the other. That alone is remarkable. So they do not follow an uniform pattern.

A first look at the circuit sequences shows that they resemble very much the circuit sequences of the one-arm alternating classical labyrinths. That means: The first digit after 0 is always an odd number. Then even and odd numbers are following alternating.

One of the next articles will deal with the decoding of the circuit sequences.

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