Tibetan Sand Mandala
"Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “sacred cosmogram.” The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site through chanting, music, and mantra recitation, and draw the outline of the mandala. On the following days, they will lay down the colored sands, which this year will take the form of the Akshobya Mandala, also known as the “Unshakable Victor,” for conflict resolution and peace.
On Sunday, the mandala will be destroyed—a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are placed in an urn, with half of the sand distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony. The remainder will be carried to the Savannah River and dispersed to the ocean for planetary healing."
The Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah has a really cool program, once a month they open up the museum for free to the public. In addition to their regular galleries, they have several hands on activities for kids. Mine love it. It's well done, and as awesome community initiative.
This picture of all the colored sands in their bowls was one of my favorite. What they can do with them is remarkable, but the colors are already beautiful by themselves.
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