4th april/7th may 2009
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|LA ROGGIA Gallery - Pordenone||PICS OF THE CREATIONS|
"The mandala is a cosmic diagram which is used as a guide to meditation and prayer in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. It represents the universe in visual form and is made up of symbols enclosed by a circle. Although each mandala has its own particular characteristics, the concept and structure of the different mandala are basically the same. The creator of the mandala enters the work, concentrates on each of its phases, and as he gradually approaches the centre he absorbs the logic of its form.
According to the Buddhists, the mandala represents the process through which the cosmos was formed from its centre. The use of connected symbols represents a sort of journey of initiation which results in interior growth.
Although the mandala belongs to the oriental tradition, the image of the sacred circle occurs in all cultures throughout the history of mankind; from the cave drawings of Africa and Europe, to Judaism and Christianity, from the shamanic culture and the native Americans, to the sacred art of the Australian Aborigines.
The symbolic and archetypal value of the mandala was underlined by Jung who used this psycho-cosmographical ritual as a therapeutic tool.