ORIGIN OF SAND ART
 
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Originally sand paintings were a magical or religious gesture by the American Indians and the Tibetan Lamas, which accompanied a ceremony.

These sand pictures were made on the ground either directly on the earth or on hide.

 


In North America the Navajos used these Œprayer mats¹ in healing rituals after which they were methodically destroyed, whereupon the person who would be cured takes away with him some of the sand containing the healing properties.

 

 

In Tibet the Lamas create even today Mandalas to show just how unpermanent things are.

 

The Mandalas are also a symbolic representation of the world and the universe

These mandalas are made exclusively of coloured sand. It is only the weight of the grains of sand that keeps the picture in place.

 

A simple gust of wind can sweep all away.