- 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.
- (in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.
Origin of mandala
First recorded in 1855–60, mandala is from the Sanskrit word maṇḍala circle
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Examples from the Web for mandala
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
The fact that mandala, traded all over the world, once represented that order escapes their personal experience.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- Hindu & Buddhist art any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
- psychol such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self
Word Origin and History for mandala
magic circle, 1859, from Sanskrit mandala "disc, circle."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper