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Tibetan Mandala Sand Paintings & Navajo Sand Paintings


Gracie Fam

on 30 November 2012

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Transcript of Tibetan Mandala Sand Paintings & Navajo Sand Paintings

Tibetan Mandala Sand Paintings
Navajo Sand Paintings Tibetan Mandala Navajo Sand Paintings By Sara Bartfai And Grace Pham Displayed Construction/Deconstruction Displayed These are displayed on the floor of a house. Also in public and is also available for purchase. Tibetan work is displayed on a table top wherever there is a request. Citations http://www.artnetwork.com/Mandala/gallery.html



http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/mandala/faq.htm The Construction of a Tibetan Mandala The Navajo use their sand paintings to heal an ill patient. Purpose Purpose The Tibetan people believe that their sand mandalas are a way to heal the world. The use of mandalas can make the world a better place. The Tibetan sand mandalas are created by monks, known as lamas. First, the Tibetan lama begin by making an outline of the mandala. In the next few days, the color sand is applied. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel called a chak pur and a metal rod in the other. The vibration causes the sand to come out smoothly. The sand is collected in a jar which is then wrapped in silk and transported to a river (or any place with moving water), where it is released back into nature. This symbolizes the impermanence of life and the world. Where are the Tibetan people located? They are situated along Eastern Asia, between China and India. First, the sand painting is created by Medicine Men Where are the Navajo people located? They are located in a region called the Four Corners, which is made of parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Once it is completed, the patient will be asked to sit on the sand painting as the medicine man proceeds with the healing chant. Sitting on the sand painting allow the patient to absorb spiritual power, while their illness is absorbed and taken away. After the sand painting has done it's duty, it is considered toxic, since is has absorbed the illness. For this reason, the sand painting is then erased and swept onto a blanket. Before sunset, it is carried outside and blown into the wind, returning it to Earth so that trapped evil forces will not escape. Sand paintings which are done at night ceremonies are similarly destroyed before sunrise. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which means "mandala of colored powders." Meaning Tools Tibetan's use two types of tool one type is the funnel (original name" Chak-pur") that holds the sand. The Chak-pur can be varied in different sized holes. The other tool used is a metal rod usually made of copper. This pushes the sand through the chak-pur. http://www.anthro4n6.net/navajosandpainting/ The medicine man must first go through a three-day period of purification, fasting, sweating, vomit, bathing, and a lone vigil, for he knows that these disciplines bring him in touch with a magnetic and static force that concentrates in solitude, for he knows that these disciplines bring him in touch with a magnetic and static force that concentrates in solitude. This ceremony can take up to nine days.
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