Having created my new range of colouring Mandala Art, I thought it would be interesting to find out a little more about these intriguing patterns and designs. So here is a quick blog on the background to Mandala Art
What is Mandala Art and where did it originate from?
Mandala art are geometrical designs with the word Mandala being a Sanskrit word for “magic circle”. Many people believed that Mandalas represent different aspects of the universe. In the South East Asian areas such as China, Japan and Tibet, Mandala Art is used as an instrument for meditation and for symbols of prayer.
Mandala Art holds a great deal of symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures
The history and origins of Mandalas have been traced back to the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism and are found in ancient Tibetan writing, sketches, cloth paintings and murals of religious sanctuaries, dating back to both the 8th and 9th centuries and the 12th – 12 centuries respectively.
There is no doubt that Mandalas hold symbolic and meditative meaning that reaches far beyond their stunning appearance.
Mandalas have been used for different purposes across different cultures from Teaching, with each line and colour representing a different aspect of philosophical or religious system. Healing mandalas are made for the purpose of meditation and to deliver wisdom, evoke feelings of calm, and channel focus and concentration. To Sand mandalas used by Buddhist monks and Navajo cultures with different coloured sand to represent the impermanence of human life.
In modern day a mandala can be any form of art that is drawn in a circle. The idea is to try and discover oneself by drawing and colouring mandalas. This is certainly what I find rewarding about producing them. They help me to relax and give me inner peace and once coloured and placed on a wall, they give me a sense of satisfaction and self worth.
Colouring in and making your mandalas is simple and exciting. With a strong sense of traditional spirituality present and the shapes being represented in a format that allows for love, self-discovery, and inner peace. Eveyone can begin to understand how this abstract form of art can hold so much information in its content and be so rewarding to colour and enjoy a long lasting piece of artwork.