Learn the history of the mandalas. In crochet, we can create mandalas as well. Learn the basic history of mandalas. This is part of the Mandalas Series.
Mandalas, pronounced as Mon-Dah-Lah, simply means “circle”. They have significance in the meaning of life in relationship to the cosmos. They can represent many things in life such as the sun, moon, earth, planets and even more items that that we humans have grown to be significant such as wind, fire and much more.
They can be significant in many religious cultures but was first created by the Hindus as a spiritual guide. The circle is about the idea of infinity and the never ending nature of how big a circle can get. It’s about the circle you surround yourself with which may be family, friends, and communities that you are part of.
One of my interesting finds is that Mandalas were not just for Buddhist, but studies show that individuals in many other religious also have used this artform for their own religious beliefs. This included Judaism, Christianity, Paganism and many other forms of religion that exist. Look to cathedral windows, paintings and symbols used in religion and you may realize that mandalas are in many places in history.
This makes a lot of sense to me as when you look up at the sun, you see a perfect circle. Moon, on full moon nights is a full circle. Beams of light from light sources appear as circles to our eyes. Ripples in a pond circle outward. In an empty room, my cat will sit inside a circle on the floor. I think we naturally, human instinct wise, gravitate towards circles. It could be part of our genetic make up as a species.
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