Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Challenge #34 Announced - "Mandalas"

Hi Everyone,

Sendrine - winner of the "Winter" Challenge - has picked a new challenge for us, "Mandala": Any subject, any size, any material.

This challenge will start today - February 9 - and end April 30, 2010.

As always, if you have a mandala in process at this time, you're welcome to complete and enter it. But please do not enter pieces that are already complete.

I did a few searches on mandalas to answer some questions I had.  First, here is a google image search of mandalas.

And here is Wikipedia's conversation about it.
If you read down a ways in the Wikipedia article, you'll see a discussion of how the mandala is used in different religions. It was interesting to see that it's present in religions aside from just Buddhism and Hinduism.

I also found a nice, simple description of a mandala: "The Mandala acts as a support for anyone in meditation. The Mandala itself is often illustrated as a palace with four gates, facing the four corners of the Earth. It is a symbol that represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the structure of life itself."

Or.....you can just consider it a pretty circular design. :-)

Please check out the details here:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/mosaicchallenge/discuss/72157623389293264/

To get a list of all the current challenges, please check this link:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/mosaicchallenge/discuss/72157606054982090/


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