[ muhn-dl-uh ]
/ ˈmʌn dl ə /
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.
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Origin of mandala
First recorded in 1855–60, mandala is from the Sanskrit word maṇḍala circle
Words nearby mandala
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Example sentences from the Web for mandala
The fact that mandala, traded all over the world, once represented that order escapes their personal experience.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
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
British Dictionary definitions for mandala
/ (ˈmændələ, mænˈdɑːlə) /
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 for mandala
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