Thangka paintings originated in Tibet and are often associated not only with Buddha but also other deities. Most commonly today they are hand-painted on to cotton, although historically those considered to have greater significance were often based on silk and consisted of applique or embroidered designs. Thangka paintings most typically have a central deity figure which signifies their being at the center of the universe. This is often combined with geometric symbols or patterns which have ritual associations and represent the cosmos metaphysically although often might be seen in painted as clouds or sky. Sometimes though the painting is composed entirely of geometric designs and all of which have much spiritual significance. Unlike our current concept of Western art, Thangka paintings are unframed and are often kept rolled until required. Their construction not only makes them easy to store but also, where required, to be transported. Some Thangka paintings are of such small dimensions they can be carried throughout the day even if not required for any specific purpose other than to instill in the owner feelings of security and comfort. However, they are often used when individuals perform acts of meditation and the design is used as a focal point to achieve greater depths of trance state. Such is the intensity of the focus, often owners can recollect even the smallest detail of the painting which they use for this purpose. Astral Magick is proud to present to clients these fine examples of historical Mandala Thangka paintings which might support your magical and meditative experiences or simply be admired for the works of art they are.