Mandala is a word derived from Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient, medieval and early modern India. It means “circle” and as a tattoo is composed of shapes and symbols that extend from the center outward, forming a circular pattern. Like the circle, the mandala is meant to show balance, eternity and perfection. For those who need a little repetition of geometry – the distance from the center of the circle, to each point on its circumference remains the same. Mandala is a unique pattern that even exudes a sense of harmony.
Mandala Tattoo – History
You may recognize mandalas from places associated with religion, like churches and prayer rooms. They existed long before tattoos in the art of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian religions. Ancient monks painted bright, vivid and intricate mandalas on the sand in temples. In Hinduism, mandalas are often woven into the decor of prayer or meditation rooms because they are believed to help focus. Buddhists also have a special place for mandalas in their meditation and rituals. The symbolism of balancing body and mind coincides with their beliefs and practices, as well as their view of eternity. Mandalas were also shown in rosettes in the stained glass windows of Christian churches.
The flourishing shape of the mandala can also make it resemble a flower. Combining the symbolism associated with circles and plants, the mandala can represent femininity and nascent life. It can also have many other meanings, starting with growth and rebirth.
There is no denying that such tattoos are breathtaking. Their spiritual origin and essence give them an even deeper meaning. This is what makes the mandala as a tattoo a very interesting prospect.
It can mean many different things and this is what makes such a tattoo always special and unique. Many online sources claim that the chest and back are the best places for larger designs because their flat surface does not distort the overall shape and details. While this is a good, logical approach, you should also think about the shape of your body and the specific outline of your muscles. By using this method, we create even more possibilities for getting a tattoo that will be our personal self-expression.
For example, one arm may have three places where the same mandala can be tattooed, but each of them may look a little different and trigger different feelings. Similarly, the perspective from which the mandala is drawn can affect the amount of detail that will go into it. If it is tattooed on the leg, the design will have less detail because you are looking down and depth and contour will dominate.
Conversely, a mandala on the back is drawn and viewed from the front, so you can confidently focus on the details. When deciding where to place the mandala, it is important to not just look at the tattoo, but also consider how we look at the whole body.
The symbolic meaning of a mandala tattoo
The meaning of such a tattoo largely depends on the color placed in the center of the tattoo – it shows what is important to a person at a particular time in life.
Yellow – cheerfulness, joy, contentment
Orange – courage, strength, youth, friendliness
Red – love, faith, perseverance
Pink – sensitivity, femininity, delicacy
Blue – calmness, confidence, faithfulness
Marine – friendship, ingenuity, humor
Green – hope, endurance, health
Black – honor, pride, dignity
White – purity, innocence, perfection