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Ancient Symbols: The Swastika

We are all painfully aware of the negative Nazi association with this symbol, BUT, we should not forget that this symbol is ancient, it did not start with the Nazi’s and it would be a shame to let it end there, when potentially, analysis could provide a startling insight into human history.

The Swastika is an ancient sacred symbol – upon first glance, the words “Sacred” and “Swastika” seem to contradict each other……we are all painfully aware of the negative Nazi association with this symbol, BUT, we should not forget that this symbol is ancient, it did not start with the Nazi’s and it would be a shame to let it end there, when potentially, analysis could provide a startling insight into human history.

The swastika has been used by many cultures and religions

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The Swastika has been attributed with many meanings over time.

Many believe that the symbol originated in the ancient Sumerian civilisation (the cradle of civilisation) 5300 – 1940BC located in modern Southern Iraq – the Swastika symbol has been found on some of the earliest Sumerian pottery ……. but, the earliest discovered use of the Swastika was in and around India during the Neolithic era – the new stone age – 9500 years ago!

The word Swastika is derived from the Sanskrit language – svastika – meaning well being or lucky

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In 1925, Coca Cola launched a brass Swastika shaped lucky watch fob promotion

A town in Ontario was named Swastika in 1911 because of a lucky gold strike

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In Great Britain the common name given to the Swastika from Anglo-Saxon times … was Fylfot, said to have been derived from the Anglo-Saxon “fower fot”, meaning four-footed, or many-footed.

image source – SWASTIKA STONE ILKLEY – YORKSHIRE

This carved stone on Woodhouse Crag, Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire, England – the carving is thought to date back to the bronze age (2700 – 700 BC).

You may see the swastika symbol regularly – hidden in plain sight – The Microsoft Swastika

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The US Navy base in San Diego was required to spend $ 600,000.00 to alter the design of their building in the wake of numerous complaints following the launch of the aerial visualisation tool – Google Earth.

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Buddha in Tanzhe Temple in Bejing, China has a swastika on his chest – “A seal on Buddha’s heart”.

In the Buddhist tradition, the Swastika was used to mark the beginning of sacred texts.

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Swastika temple image by weinerme on Photobucket

Tangumdae Temple’s shrine in Korea.

Essentially, the Swastika depicts a spinning cross, with the angles at the end of each arm suggesting streaming light as it turns.

Spinning in a clockwise direction is said to represent the male – anticlockwise the female…opposite counterparts of the same entity.

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Many scholars have attributed the symbol to be a representation of the sun – However, every time I look at a swastika – I see a spinning spiral armed galaxy – but given the history of this symbol – how could our ancient ancestors know of or have seen a distant galaxy?

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  1. Lucas Dié

    On May 31, 2009 at 3:38 am


    very thorough article, and a very important one!

    it is often forgotten that the Nazis perverted many old an ancient things to their use, like the music of Wagner, the old German gods, the use of runes etc.

    keep your good work up!

  2. R J Evans

    On May 31, 2009 at 10:57 am


    Cool article. Hopefully it will help convince people that the symbol is not evil!

    Blogged at http://www.webphemera.com2

  3. Olivia Reason

    On May 31, 2009 at 9:34 pm


    Fascinating! It’s interesting how a negative connotation can become so strongly attached to something.
    Sigh. Nazis ruin everything…

  4. Dreyan

    On June 1, 2009 at 11:52 am


    I like. Especially the Windows joke.

    But some of the images are stretching the screen.
    Ha, I almost didn’t see the submit button. ;)

  5. C Jordan

    On June 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm


    Well researched S. Made fascinating reading,and well done finding all those illustrations. Su’d.

  6. Genius

    On July 8, 2009 at 9:29 am


    Recently discovered Cypriot swastikas on the base of a rather plain and cheap bowl dating from 400bc surprised? I nearly heiled!!

  7. theSVK

    On September 20, 2009 at 6:45 am


    good work. was myself thinking about writing an article on this ancient symbol. the negative publicity that this symbol of peace and goodluck received because of the Nazis should be done away with, otherwise its an insult of human traditions and history….

  8. StJohn

    On November 19, 2009 at 11:58 pm


    The symbol is old indeed but some of these “findings” are
    somewhat debatable imo. Especially the photoshopped version of the Microsoft logo.

    Sometimes things don’t evolve well. That’s the perfect case of that ancient symbol but why continue using something that evoke negative feelings… just change it.

  9. David Fernandez

    On May 10, 2010 at 2:11 am


    i learned something new tonight, not that the symbol has been around a long time but not only cultures but a lot of different religions…jewish religion shocked me. its shows people how smart Hitler really was…..only if he was not using it to weed out the people he thought were not “fit”. but i have a new out look on the swastika.

  10. h i t l e r

    On May 21, 2010 at 4:57 am


    heil hitler
    this pictures are good . im neo nazi bb all

  11. Shankara

    On October 31, 2010 at 6:51 am


    You said everything about Swastika but did not mention the fact that its has its origins in the Vedic civilization of India and not Sumer. From that itself I can conclude your depth of knowledge. Buddhist, Shintoism and other Dharma based religions have roots in Hinduism and thus have adopted the Swastika. Swastika has 2 words, Swast which means health and ika is have or be in. It basically means good health. Thus most houses in India have have the Swastika painted outside the door. Please conduct proper research before you blog. You are misleading readers.

  12. Shankara

    On October 31, 2010 at 6:51 am


    You said everything about Swastika but did not mention the fact that its has its origins in the Vedic civilization of India and not Sumer. From that itself I can conclude your depth of knowledge. Buddhist, Shintoism and other ‘Dharma’ based religions have roots in Hinduism and thus have adopted the Swastika. Swastika has 2 words, Swast which means health and ika = ‘have’ or ‘be in’. It basically means good health. Thus most houses in India have have the Swastika painted outside the door. Please conduct proper research before you blog. You are misleading readers.

  13. tonyleather

    On January 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm


    Fascinating! You seem as fond of the unusual as am I. Strange that both live in Lancashire, but just goes to show where the home of good writing is.

  14. Pramodh

    On January 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm


    Thank you sir for your informative article on Swastika. Hope anti-swastika groups should open their eyes now by reading this post.

  15. vikky

    On March 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm


    why you guys come with conclusions as if you know it to be true? The Swastika comes from Vedic civilization and not from anywhere else. One thing you are forgetting, people who originated it are very ancient [9000yrs -10000 yrs] and almost most of those cultures are the descendants of those ancient peoples. Don’t disrespect your ancestors, what you are thinking as foreign and alien might turn out to belong to your own forefathers.

  16. ittech

    On April 1, 2011 at 5:41 am


    Excellent article , I know swasthika is deeply rtelated to hindus and hindus are the oldest civilisation , but good to see some of the latter religions have adopted this trend great article interesting to read

  17. Test

    On June 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm


    I would just like to say to everyone who referred to the nazi’s as them responsible for disrespecting the ancient meaning of the swastika as wrong. It was all Hitler. The nazi soldiers had nothing to do with it. They just did their job, as any other soldier would for their country, not figure out what to decorate the flag with. It was hitler’s dictatorship not the peoples. don’t forget that most of germany didn’t even know about the concentration camps. It was a secret mission within the SS lead by Hitler. Don’t assume nazi’s all as a whole in on it together. Just as most of you said, do your research.

  18. Test

    On June 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm


    I would just like to say to everyone who referred to the nazis as them responsible for disrespecting the ancient meaning of the swastika as wrong. It was all Hitler. The nazi soldiers had nothing to do with it. They just did their job, as any other soldier would for their country, not figure out what to decorate the flag with. It was hitlers dictatorship not the peoples. dont forget that most of germany didn\’t even know about the concentration camps. It was a secret mission within the SS lead by Hitler. Don\’t assume nazis all as a whole in on it together. Just as most of you said, do your research.

  19. Suraini

    On June 15, 2012 at 12:11 am


    It a matter of intrepretation………..probably cosmic concept that everything spins around a centre of origin. Centre of creation= big bang theory,theologian convert it into prayers /praying. When it transform into a symbol than become object of worship.
    Muslims circumbulate around an old mosque(Kaabah) is cosmic form of praying as the planet circumbulate the sun,sun circumbulate the centre of solar systems and so on…….it is symbol of submission to Algmigty God the creater

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