Thursday, 13 December 2007

Swastika - Its Origin

It was during my visit to a temple that I spotted two swastikas on its gate and they set me wondering why the swastika has taken on a meaning that denotes evil.


The swastika on the temple's gate


In ancient times, the swastika was a symbol that represented life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.

Ancient Greece


Ancient Rome


Ancient India


The Viking era


A pottery bowl from ancient China



American Indian art: the Navajo rug



A Navajo bracelet



19th century Chinese textile



A Hindu temple, India


In modern times, before Nazi Germany usurped the emblem, it was a symbol for good luck.


A good luck coin from the US


A good luck coin from the US


A 1916 photo of a Canadian women's ice-hockey team called the Swastikas


A greeting card



The good luck charm




The symbol that proclaimed the purity and the superiority of the German race in Nazi Germany in the Second World War.


The holocaust committed in the name of the now infamous Swastika.



Coincidentally, I spotted this photo in www.batupahat.org. The swastika emblem and the name of the shop inappropriately named "OM" , the Hindu mantra.




1 comment:

  1. Where is country the follow to Swastika?

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