The Swastika did NOT originate as a Nazi symbol of hatred. SWASTIKA is derived from the Sanskrit word: SVASTIKAH, which means 'being fortunate'.

Don't make Hitler happy,

even in his grave.  Don't believe his BIG LIE about the swastika.   

See the SWASTIKA for what it REALLY IS:

 an ancient symbol of good luck, prosperity, and long life, used not only in Mississippian burial mounds but also in even more ancient cultures such as India and China. 

   


To give you an idea of how long the Swastika has been a symbol inChina, look at an illustration of comets painted on silk about 2300years ago:

The silk was discovered during the 1970s atMawangdui, near Changsa, in Number Three Tomb. There were 29comets illustrated on the silk, of which the last 4 are shown above.As you can see, the last comet, on the far left, is illustrated by aSwastika. Sagan and Druyan, in their book "Comet" (Random House1985), p. 186, say "The twenty-ninth comet is called 'Di-Xing', 'thelong-tailed pheasant star'." As a comet form, the Swastika looks likea spinning comet from which jets are erupting, likeComet Hale-Bopp.


Here are some more details about the history of theswastika:

The English and German word SWASTIKA is derived from the Sanskritword: SVASTIKAH, which means 'being fortunate'. The first part of theword, SVASTI-, can be divided into two parts: SU- 'good; well', and-ASTI- 'is'. The -ASTIKAH part just means 'being'.

The word is associated with auspicious things in India - - becauseit means 'auspicious'. About 2500 years ago, when Sakyumuni broughtBuddhism to China from India, the Chinese also borrowed the swastikaand its sense of auspiciousness.

In China, the swastika is a Chinese character ( Pinyin wan4, \tone ) which means "ten thousand, a very great number, myriad". Asshown on aChinese Character Dictionary web page, that swastika charactercan be simplified to and also can be written traditionally as .

The swastika symbol has been used for thousandsof years among practically every group of humans on the planet.According to Barbara G. Walker, in The Woman's Encyclopedia of Mythsand Secrets:

"... Swastikas appear on Paleolitic carvings on mammoth ivory from the Ukraine, dated ca. 10,000 B.C. Swastikas figure on the oldest coinage in India. Persia, Asia Mior, and Greece represented the rotating axis mundi with the symbol of a swastika. On a Boeotian amphora of the 7th century B.C., the swastika was presented as a sacred sign of the Goddess Artemis. It also represented many other deities from Iceland to Japan, Scandinavia to North Africa. It was much used in Troy and Mycenaie before the 13th century B.C. ... In Japan, the reborn Amida, "Buddha of Immeasurable Light", wore a left-handed swastika carved on his breast. A similar left-handed swastika was the sign of Thor's hammer on Scandinavian coins. ... Trojan images of the Great Goddess showed a swastika within a female triangle on her belly, indicating the hidden god prior to his next rebirth. Early Chiristians adopted the swastika to represent Christ, calling it a crux dissimulata or disguised cross. It was also called the crux gammata ... because it showed the Greek letter gamma four times repeated. To Saxons it was fylfot, translated either "four-foot", referring to the four heavenly pillars at the corners of the earth, or "fill-foot", referring to the Christian habit of filling in the foot of a church window with swastikas. ...

... A variant of the swastika [eight-armed double swastika] ... represented German Vehmic Courts (from Vehme, "punishment") which began in the Middle Ages as civil tribunals for persecuting heretics, and became connected with the Inquisition. ... From the Vehmgericht arose specifically anti-Semitic secret societies of Austria and Germany in the early 1900s - the forerunners of Nazism. ...".

As the "Cross of Thor", the symbol was even brought to England byScandinavian settlers in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, long beforeHitler.

It is interesting that the Nazis did not use the term "Cross ofThor", which is consistent with German history, but instead preferredto steal the Indian term "swastika.

It is even more interesting that the swastika has been found onJewish temples from 2000 years ago in Palestine, so Hitler was(inadvertently?) stealing a Jewish symbol as well as an Indianone.

In the Americas, the swastika was used by Native Americans inNorth, Central, and South America. According to Barbara G. Walker, inThe Woman's Encyclopedia of Symbols and Sacred Objects:

"...[The]... rattlesnake swastika design from a Mississippian Indian burial mound ...[

]... Around a solar cross lie four spirit-rattlesnakes, having not only rattles on their tails but also strange doglike faces, mouselike ears, humanlike teeth, and stylized wings. These were connected with the winged or feathered serpent deities of Mexico and Central America. ...".

 

Since the outer arms of the swastikacan point either counterclockwise or clockwise, the swastika has beenused as a counterpart to the Taiji, or Yin-Yang, symbol.

Taiji in red and black are commonly used with respect to the Tao.

In India, both clockwise and counterclockwise swastikas were used,with different meanings: the counterclockwise one is associated withthe goddess Kali-Maya(mother of Buddha, associated with the Moon), and the clockwise oneis associated with Ganesha(elephant-headed father of Buddha, associated with the Sun).

 

 

References:

Barbara G. Walker, THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS(1983), and THE WOMAN'S DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS & SACRED OBJECTS(1988), both published by Harper & Row;

James A. Michener, THE SOURCE;

Ernest Klein, KLEIN'S COMPREHENSIVE ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THEENGLISH LANGUAGE (Elsevier, 1971);

Robert H. Mathews, MATHEWS' CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY (Harvard,1966).

A Modern Chinese-English Dictionary, Duan Shizen, Chief Editor(Oxford University Press, 1989).

 


The book "In Search of the Cradle of Civilization" by GeorgFeuerstein, Subhash Kak, and David Frawley (Quest 1995) describes thehistory of India from a perspective different from that of Englishcolonialists.


According to Joe Hofler, who also refers to Dr. Kumbari of themuseum of Urimqi in Xinjiang, China, the Indo-Aryans of the Germanicbranch traveled into Europe around 2000 BC and brought with themthe"svastika" symbol (sun disk) of their religious art at that timeas shown by excavations of Kurgan graves on the steppes of Russia andIndo-Aryan graves in Xinjiang, China.

 


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