A Friend Asked:
"Can you explain the history of the Swastika? There’s a lot of confusion about the symbol being the Nazi symbol and all that"
The “swastika” or “gammadion cross” is an ancient symbol found all over the world. This “revolving cross” has many variants. (See Figure Above). In almost all cultures it symbolizes good fortune. This is true even in cultures thousands of miles apart in distance and thousands of years apart in time. Very odd indeed.
Now here is a tidbit which many do not know. The design seemed to show up at about the same time. Many astronomers believe that there was a celestial event, probably a super nova which, as they often do, sent gas jets out in a spiral shape. This from Earth would have looked like a swastika. Such events were often seen in primitive cultures as omens of good fortune hence the meaning which has come down to us to this day.
Hitler and his Nazi party appropriated the symbol as representing the “Aryan” race. There is no “Aryan race” but the Aryans were a real people who came from the area near the Caucus mountains and the black sea. They were an indo-european speaking people who, due to an odd convergence of factors were lighter skinned than their neighbors. (See my previous article Why are Europeans White?)
So, Hitler and his minions took a symbol from Northern India and used it to represent their racist state which drew its mythology from a completely false history and the worst kind of pseudo-scientific claptrap.
☯ Samsaran ☯