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Sandpaintings, Buddhism, Navajo, initiation rites, Tibet, religious ceremony


Buddhist Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Indigenous Studies | Place and Environment


Sandpaintings are tools used by many cultures to convey a message of religious teaching, universal balance and visual beauty. Through the process of teaching and visualization, the mandala or sandpainting ceremony is of singular importance to the Tibetan Buddhists of Central Asia and to the Navajo people of North America as well. Although sandpaintings provide a visual rendition of a specific teaching or story, and may take many forms, they must be understood as only one component of a much larger ritual event.

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Religious Studies

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