Celtic Coloring Books
Again, the ancient Celts didn’t make mandalas, but they did design intricate knots to carve into wood and sew onto clothing. Many modern artists combine the mandala and Celtic designs, such as knot styles, to create beautiful pieces of art with a interwoven look. Look for Celtic mandala coloring books for a fun way to relax and encourage your creative side.
Native American Medicine Wheels
While many Native American tribes created large scale artworks in order to represent their spiritual beliefs, these aren’t technically mandalas. Instead, they’re more accurately referred to as medicine wheels. These are huge outdoor designs based around a circle and representing the entire universe, just like mandalas. Most medicine wheels are made with stones and decorated with natural pigments.
Hindu Mandalas And Yantras
Since mandalas were exclusively a part of Asian religions for hundreds of years, naturally Hinduism features some of the most intricate and beautiful designs. While there are thousands of mandalas with unique meanings, perhaps the most well known design outside of India is the Sri Yantra. It’s not technically a mandala, but rather a yantra, which is the name for similar sacred geometry symbols without the iconic circular layout. The Sri Yantra consists of a square surrounding a circle and in the center of the circle there is a lotus. Inside the lotus you’ll find nine interconnected triangles, which form a total of 43 smaller triangles. It symbolizes non-duality and the reconciliation of opposites. See also Hindu Mandalas.