Definition of sand painting in US English:

sand painting

noun

  • 1A North American Indian ceremonial art form, important among the Navajo and Pueblo peoples, using colored sands, used especially in connection with healing ceremonies.

    • ‘He wasn't just devoted to his music, he was something of a renaissance man, branching out into pottery, sand painting, and particularly assemblage art.’
    • ‘We have had, for example, stories on such subjects as the rediscovery of Roman mosaics, Navajo sand painting and modern architecture.’
    • ‘Each row of buttons is radiant with corrugated bands of colored sand that recall Tibetan and Navajo sand painting, as well as that of the pathways of the Australian Aborigines.’
    • ‘Be it squiggles, origami (folding without cutting), art and craft displays, pencil sketching or painting of all sorts, including oil crayon painting, sand painting and spray painting, the tender children are at it.’
    1. 1.1 An example of sand painting.
      • ‘Tibetan Buddhists and North American relatives of central Asian cultures - for example, the Navajo Indians - use maalas in sand paintings, as part of curing or initiatory ceremonies.’
      • ‘The only colorful note was an Indian sand painting supposed to bring its owner luck.’
      • ‘A wall in the next gallery displays images of the Saint in many media - paintings on wood, lithographs, posters, silkscreened banners, plaster plaques, photocopies, sand paintings, and even an inked image on cuttlefish bone.’
      • ‘He was preparing me for an encounter with another spirit, who contacted me by acknowledging my nature, and this represented itself by a moving sand painting of a great hand stroking a wolf.’
      • ‘This opened the door for him to brag about himself in great detail because he had just recently been commissioned to do a full series of sand paintings for some motels in Laguna Beach.’
      • ‘He sometimes forms the pollen into radiant rectangles on the floor that look as precise - and evanescent - as Tibetan sand paintings.’
      • ‘I was actually inspired to it while watching Tibetan monks making a sand painting.’
      • ‘At the village of Nandouli, sand paintings had the same function.’
      • ‘The work suggests vast landscapes and rivers seen from on high, and alludes to African and Native American sand paintings, while functioning as an effective abstraction in its own right.’
      • ‘Many years of apprenticeship are required to learn the designs of the sand paintings and the songs that accompany them, skills that have been passed down through many generations.’
      • ‘One neighborhood decorates its street with sand paintings and flower petals over which the procession will pass.’
      • ‘However, the Scarborough sand painting was larger than both of these attempts, and organisers are waiting for official confirmation from Guinness World Records before their efforts are officially recognised.’
      • ‘‘It takes a lot of patience and time to finish a sand painting,’ he said.’
      • ‘Their different reasons for forming these collections comprise a rainbow of motives as complex as a Navajo sand painting.’
      • ‘A particular spread can serve the same purpose as a Navajo sand painting to help the patient get in touch with different psycho-physiological aspects relating to their healing.’
      • ‘As ritual designs they had been either body designs or sand paintings and, therefore, were ephemeral in their manifest form.’
      • ‘It's like aboriginal sand paintings; they're blown away.’
      • ‘The graphics room seemed to signal the end of the exhibition, but, rather surprisingly, it segued to a few lovely sand paintings dating from 1937-38, a wistful reprise of Masson's earlier moment with Surrealism.’
      • ‘A theory that has been much discussed is that he was influenced by sand paintings of the Navajo Indians of New Mexico, who in certain rituals pour coloured earth onto the ground to form elaborate patterns.’
      • ‘Near the top there are more canyon views, but the sand paintings depicting Hopi legends, and the design of the building itself, have a way of commanding your attention.’