The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universeby Bailey Cunningham
The mandala is an archetypal symbol of wholeness that is replicated on a cosmic scale—not only in manifestations of art, architecture, and religion but also throughout the natural universe. The mandala represents concepts and primal patterns upon which all physical things are created. It is no surprise that we are attracted to mandalas because they illustrate the core of who and what we are.
The Mandala Book is a visual symphony of over 500 stunning images from nature and civilization, all related to the mandalic patterns and shapes that are explored in the text. Drawing from mathematics, history, science, and art, Lori Bailey Cunningham takes you on a journey that comprises the infinitely small to the immeasurably grand, from prehistoric petroglyphs to present-day works of art. And, at the end of the book, thirteen beautiful mandalas are included to photocopy and color-in for fun or meditation.
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Initially, I just thought it'd be a book with pretty pictures. Yes; it does have gorgeously breathtaking pictures, but this book is much more than just a coffee-table book. It goes through the many ideals and philosophies behind the mandala as an art form. It covers the religions that have used mandalas; how the mandala is a symbolic representation of you, others, and the Universe; the shapes that are used in mandalas and what they represent. The book goes through chapters; from an introduction to mandalas, to understanding the concept of mandalas; to teaching readers about the symbolism surrounding different shapes- from different types of circles, to the dyad, to the triangle, and square, and pentagon, and hexagon... It then wraps up with patterns that can be found in nature. Finally, there's an afterword, and the book ends with drawings of examples of mandala patterns. I'm also really glad that it is a hard-cover book because I know I'll be referencing to this book many more times in the future. With a whole 297 pages of knowledge and pictures, I'm sure you'll find value within this book. This is a wonderful book to buy if you'd like to learn more about mandalas; if you're a zentangle artist that is looking for inspiration; if you're a spiritual artist or someone who uses a lot of symbolism within your work; and even if you're not an artist, the images and ideas within this book are worth a look.