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Intricacy and Reflection:Transforming Mandalas from Sacred Designs to Art Therapy.

Although the word ‘Mandala’ simply means “circle” or “discoid object” in Sanskrit, the significance is far more complex. Traditionally, mandalas represented the intricacy of the universe and served...

Mandalas have been present in Tantric Hinduism, Tantric Buddhism, and Jainism for hundreds of years. But it may be that other cultures have been creating similar images for even longer while using other names and perhaps including some variation to meaning.


(A Traditional Mandala Design)

There has always been some variation in Mandala design. They have been painted on wood, walls, paper, stone, and cloth. Mandalas are immortalized in sacred architecture and also show their impermanent nature in materials like butter. However, there is a key feature found in most traditional mandala designs – geometry. Originally, mandalas consisted of concentric circles within squares, squares within circles, six-pronged stars, or inverted crossed triangles.


(A mandala-yantra design. )

The traditional way to create a mandala is to start at the center and expand outward on the design. The most basic form of a mandala has four “T-shaped gates” and includes the colors yellow, red, green, and blue. Depending on how open you are with the definition of ‘mandala’, you may even see this type of design in 40,000-year-old concentric circle rock art from Kimberley, Australia.

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