Prime Creator said:
Go and create, and bring all things back to Me!
Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk art
Inscribed in 2013 (8.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
The people of the village of Petrykivka decorate their living quarters, household belongings and musical instruments with a style of ornamental painting that is characterized by fantastic flowers and other natural elements, based on careful observation of the local flora and fauna. This art is rich in symbolism: the rooster stands for fire and spiritual awakening, while birds represent light, harmony and happiness. In folk belief, the paintings protect people from sorrow and evil. Local people, and in particular women of all ages, are involved in this folk art tradition. Every family has at least one practitioner, making decorative painting an integral part of daily existence in the community. The painting traditions, including the symbolism of the ornamental elements, are transferred, renewed and enhanced from one generation to another. Local schools at all levels, from pre-school to college, teach the fundamentals of Petrykivka decorative painting, with all children given the opportunity to study it. The community willingly teaches its skills and know-how to anyone who shows an interest. The tradition of decorative and applied arts contributes to the renewal of historical and spiritual memory and defines the identity of the entire community.
Meaning of the Mandala
The mandala is an ancient meditative symbol that reveals the underlying connectedness of nature. Found across many cultures throughout time, this mystical geometric symbol represents the all-encompassing universe and is known in sanskrit as 'sacred circle'.
What is the purpose of mandala art?The mandala represents an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing an aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of a guiding principle. The mandala's purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing.
What does it mean to draw a mandala?A mandala is an arrangement of simple shapes repeated in a circular pattern. (Mandala actually comes from the Sanskrit word for "circle.") For examples of mandalas, we can look to nature (think flowers like roses, chrysanthemums, and dahlias; ripples in a body of water; and snowflakes) as well as ancient art.
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