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IN History & Culture ON 19 Nov, 2015
You might be aware of the Swastika only because of how the Nazi popularised it as their symbol, and thus inflicted an inherent meaning of evil into the symbol. But originally it had a very rich, and positive history.
And here it is for you to know. Check it out.
Early European cultures used the swastika as a spiritual symbol of the most powerful Norse god, Thor. It is believed that his famous hammer left behind the mark of the swastika. Others believe that it was symbolic of the fact that the cosmos revolved around the universal axis, known as Yggdrasil.
Gammadion is an ancient Greek symbol that looks similar to the swastika. It resembles four capital letters of their alphabet connecting in a common center.
Early Christians used the swastika as a symbol for Christ. It represented the cross of Jesus Christ.
In Finland, the swastika has been considered a symbol of good fortune for thousands of years. It's a huge part of their history and culture. A straightened version of the swastika has been worn on clothing and jewelry for centuries.
The swastika is also believed to be an emblem of Fohat, which is the name of a form of cosmic electricity.
The Hindu version of the swastika is symbol of well wishes. The word swastika is derived from the root word 'swasti', which roughly translates to "let good things happen." It is also a symbol of the Hindu gods Ganesha and Lakshmi.
Native American cultures considered the swastika a symbol of good fortune. People of the Navajo tribe used it in designs for rugs and silverware to represent the four winds.
British author Rudyard Kipling used the swastika as a stamp on his books. The swastika has appeared in many of his works. But after the Nazi began to use it as their symbol, he refrained from using it again.
A UFO cult leader named Rael adopted both the swastika and the Star of David to use in rituals. Rael believers say that the Star of David represents infinity in space while the swastika represents infinity in time. Since this is a fairly modern movement, the group has received a lot of backlash for their use of the swastika.
In Buddhism, the swastika is a very important symbol meaning "the resignation of the spirit." It is considered to be the seal of Buddha's heart, and can be seen on his chest in various works of art.