If Religious connotations are an issue you wish to avoid, just call them Kaleidoscopes...too bad you lose all the cultural connections this way but maybe it can be covered in the introduction as information..."some cultures use designs similsr to these for... whatever...."same animal, different name...
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I recently looked at the beautiful circles done on black with white pencil, can't remember the site (bunki? Judi?...)and am planning to do these with my students. I live in Tennessee, bible belt, and not to long ago mothers in Roberston Co. complained to the superintendent that tai bo and yoga were being taught in p.e.. That that religion shouldn't be taught. lukily the super backed up the teacher and said religion wasn't being taught. Ya-Rah!! Heaven forbid that the students should learn to breathe and focus...Anyway the beauty of art is that social studies can be presented in an educational manner instead of a preaching one... just two cents.