Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Mandala
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The mandala may be described as a concentric diagram that has both spiritual and ritual significance. Important especially to Buddhists and Hindus (although mandalas may be found in every faith, including Judaism and Christianity), the word is Sanskrit meaning "essence" + "having" or "containing". Mandalas may be used to focus attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, to establish a sacred space or as an aid to meditation or trance induction. They may also be used as a spiritual offering, particularly when made out of sand or some intemperate material. Every detail of a mandala is fixed in tradition and has specific symbolic meanings, often on several complex physical and spiritual levels. A discussion of these meanings is beyond the scope of this article, however a very good description is given here at Wikipedia.
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