Paglya and mandana paintings, (5)

The goddess is also invoked through unusual mandana called paglya, literally “footmark”. Drawn outside the house on the verandah and around the main mandana, they welcome the goddess inside the home to bless the family members. The most stylized paglya patterns look like the letter “Z” with a curved lower angle to signify the heel. Other paglya show a pair of two equilateral triangles connected by the summit. One of the two opposite triangles is of smaller size to display the back-foot and the other, with a wider base and marked with five dots, symbolizes the forefoot and the toes. On the other hand, the more elaborate paglya, include diverse geometrical and braided elements, meshed as in interlace or basketry.

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