The Art of the Mandala

In the movie Kundun there was parts where there would be sand being spread in designs and then when they were finished making this they would sweep it away like it was nothing. This, we then learned in a mandala ad the tradition that comes with it. The way these things are created is very precise and all around amazing.

They first start in the center with the smallest part the design and work their way out. The main shapes are circles and squares, but have smaller designs made up of various shape within them. The mandalas are made out of grains of sand being shaken out of a  chakpur, which is tube tool used to put the sand in place. The way they use the chakpur is by putting the color of sand they wish to use in the top and gently shake the tube so that the sand comes out of the small tip. When they want to switch colors they pour the sand back into the designated container and scoop up the next color.

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The thing I love the most the attention to detail. As you can see above the is no space that does not have some type of detail. Also, the colors always standout and are so vibrant. Now when they are done that when it get painful to watch. After the mandala is completed they have religious ceremony and sweep each piece of colored sand in towards the center of the table to destroy the masterpiece the that just took them days to complete. If you would like to watch this click here.



Education Destroys Power

This week we read the chapter in I am Malala where Malala is shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. The Taliban put out to the media that the reason of the attack was because she admired and spoke in favor of President Barack Obama. This we know is not the reason or not the only reason. The main reason was because she stood for the education of girls. This whole event made me think about why the Taliban is so against education that they would shoot a young girl. Most people think and say that it is because they do not want girls/women to have the same rights as men. While I do not think that is far fetched I do not think that this is the biggest reason. I honestly think that they do not want to have to compete with anymore people then they already have to with all the educated men. They love to have power and if women were to given the equal opportunity to be educated then they would be on the same playing field. This would then lessen their power and give some to women. Power is fuel by the fact that people believe whatever the person in power says, so if you educate more people then the chance of people believing the people in power lessens immensely. It is like when your in groups in class and you get put with the really smart kid, you know you want them to answer the questions because you believe that they know the curriculum. Do you think this is why the Taliban is so against education for girls, or do you think it is something else?