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History & Culture of Mandalas

Mandalas are a circular art form found in many different religions, throughout history and incorporated into today’s world. The word ‘mandala’ originates from the Sanskrit word for ‘circle’, and is thought to originate in the Far East. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is a symbol that represents the Universe. The circle is a strong symbol which many different civilizations have been aware of and used. It can represent never-ending cycles in nature, with the rising and setting of the sun, and the annual cycle of the seasons.