The Swastika

The Swastika, which to many now serves only as a reminder of the cruelty of Nazi Germany, had existed for thousands of years before being adapted by Hitler. This hooked cross, which can still be found in many Hindu and Buddhist temples and statues, originates from the Sanskrit word of svastika, meaning “well-being.” Yet, despite its prominence in Hindi and Buddhist cultures, evidence of this ancient symbol can be found all around the world, from ancient Greece to ancient China. In Buddhism, the swastika is said to contain the mind of Buddha, and is often depicted on the soles of the Buddha’s feet and his heart. It was, before the 1920s, considered a universal symbol of good luck.

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