man·​da·​la | \ ˈmən-də-lə How to pronounce mandala (audio) \

Definition of mandala

1 : a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe specifically : a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation
2 : a graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image

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mandalic \ ˌmən-​ˈda-​lik How to pronounce mandalic (audio) \ adjective

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His cultural references were often to non-Western sources, ancient and modern: Islamic design, African patterning, South Asian mandalas. New York Times, "Joe Overstreet, Painter and Activist, Is Dead at 85," 10 June 2019 Some of the panels are a little out there, such as a drive to imprint the Golden Rule on Arizona license plates, but mostly the parliament resembles a colorful religious bazaar, with mandalas, shofars and whirling dervishes. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 The mandala was created by the shamans and represented the four elements—fire, water, earth, air. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Luar and Celebrated Indigenous Traditions at This Wedding in Mexico," 2 Aug. 2018 Record Mandala: Paint records in the style of mandalas. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 2 July 2018 For the past five years, Locke has been carving and painting mandalas full-time. Susie Schmank, Indianapolis Star, "Artist renowned along Monon Trail creates Pacers-themed mandala during NBA playoff game," 28 Apr. 2018 Activities include performers, art, dance, hands-on activities, games, and workshops for all ages, including the making of an amazing sand mandala offering. Christopher Arnott,, "Things To Do This Week," 25 June 2018 Gary DeVirgilio, from the arts-in-education organization Community-Word Project, shows the eight teenagers gathered at the central table online and offline pictures of mandalas. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Young adult architecture," 24 May 2018 Tibetan Buddhist monks will visit the Coral Springs Museum of Art to share their teachings and construct a sand mandala. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: cartoons, Wizard of Oz," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of mandala

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandala

Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

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