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Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 30, 2008 3:38pm

I've always found it fascinating that the Buddhist symbol ("Wan Zi") is the reverse of the Swastika. Wonder which came first.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 31, 2008 3:06am

Phoebe, I have also wondered about that. I will try a Google search and see what I come up with but I think Wan Zi is earlier than the Swastika.
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
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January 1, 2009 10:54am

The Swastika is actually an equilateral cross with the arms bent. Earliest examples are Neolithic (Circa 9000BCE). Indo Aryans adopted it for Hinduism. Interestingly believed used by some Red Indians of N America. Believed to be a natural shape that will arise in any basket weaving culture. Adopted by Nazis in 1930's as they believed in Aryan descent of modern German tribes. Reversed swastika of nazis is one of the first examples of logo or branding of a political ideal. Sources: Wikipedia (so some of it may even be true)
Phoebe
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January 1, 2009 2:33pm

Hello, Kayes and Mike. Here's some interesting information regarding the history of the Swastika:


"The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. (That even predates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh!) Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE. During the following thousand years, the image of the swastika was used by many cultures around the world, including in China, Japan, India, and southern Europe. By the Middle Ages, the swastika was a well known, if not commonly used, symbol but was called by many different names:
China - wan
England - fylfot
Germany - Hakenkreuz
Greece - tetraskelion and gammadion
India - swastika


Though it is not known for exactly how long, Native Americans also have long used the symbol of the swastika.


The Original Meaning
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The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit svastika - "su" meaning "good," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations. For instance, the swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins, and buildings. During World War I, the swastika could even be found on the shoulder patches of the American 45th Division and on the Finnish air force until after World War II."


SOURCE: http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm



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