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What is a mandala?

The word ‘mandala’ means ‘circle’ or ‘disc-like object’ in the Sanskrit language, the language of Hinduism as well as Buddhism thought to have developed around 1500BC.

Mandalas are believed by Hindus and Buddhists to represent aspects of the universe and are commonly used in meditation and prayer, especially in China, Tibet and Japan.

Mandalas can appear in many different forms, often on paper or cloth, and some appear for example in stone and in bronze.

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