Murray Spalding passed away on Nov. 8, 2010.
Mandala means "circle", more especially a magic circle . . . I have come across cases of women who did not draw mandalas but danced them instead. In India [this has] a special name . . . Mandala nrithya, the mandala dance.
In the ecstasy of dance man bridges the chasm between this and the other world. . . We may assume that the circle dance was already a permanent possession of the Paleolithic culture, the first perceptible stage of human civilization.