mandalas

mandala

[muhn-dl-uh]
noun
1.
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.
2.
(in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.

Origin:
1855–60; < Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

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mandala (ˈmændələ, mænˈdɑːlə)
 
n
1.  Hindu & Buddhist art any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
2.  psychol such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self
 
[Sanskrit: circle]

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mandala
1859, from Skt. mandala "disc, circle."
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