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mandala

[muhn-dl-uh]
noun
  1. Oriental Art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity or an attribute of a deity.
  2. (in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.
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Origin of mandala

First recorded in 1855–60, mandala is from the Sanskrit word maṇḍala circle
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Historical Examples

  • The marriage ceremony takes place in a pandal (booth) on a raised or conspicuous place adorned with various figures or mandala.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • The fact that mandala, traded all over the world, once represented that order escapes their personal experience.


British Dictionary definitions for mandala

mandala

noun
  1. Hindu & Buddhist art any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
  2. psychol such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self
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Word Origin

Sanskrit: circle
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Word Origin and History for mandala

n.

magic circle, 1859, from Sanskrit mandala "disc, circle."

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