Monday, January 19, 2015

Magnet Monday: A-maze-ing I'itoi

Cheesy Refrigerator Magnet for Monday, January 19, 2015
"I'itoi", Man in the Maze, carved and painted wood, circa 2012

The legend of the Man in the Maze* has to do with the the creator god I'itoi and his house (either a floorplan of it, or a map to it), but many focus directly on the maze and less so on I'itoi. The maze represents your life journey to whatever goal that resides in the center, and the labyrinth represents all the experiences and choices you make along the way. At very center is the opportunity to reflect on your life's labyrinth before passing to the next. I prefer to think that paths to many goals in life make each their own labyrinth, and a chance to reflect and learn from them. 

Family visiting the Tohono O'odham Cultural Center in Arizona picked this up for us. Hopefully we'll be able to visit the center ourselves on one of our trips.

*There's more to the legend of I'itoi. Traditional stories tell that he was capricious and unkind. He brought ancestral Tohono O'odham peoples out from the earth, then tried to kill them all. He brought war to the peoples, but also the Himdag, a set of guiding principles for people to live in balance with the world. A sort of mischievous good cop, bad cop. And sounding very human for a god. 

Magnet Monday features a selection from our semi-vast and ever growing collection of cheesy refrigerator magnets. Without doubt the perfect souvenir. Only slightly less cheesy than collecting snow globes but maybe a lot easier to smuggle in your bra. If need be. Which I hope it never is. Unless it's really worth it.

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