The History of the Swastika

1186 WordsFeb 16, 20185 Pages
The History of the Swastika Why does most of the world look down upon the Swastika? Why do people think of Germany, World War Two, and the Holocaust when somebody mentions or views an image of the Swastika? The Swastika was used by Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany during World War Two and the Holocaust. During this historic time, it became a symbol of hate, anti semitism, violence, death, and murder (History) . However the symbol did not originate there. It was ancient symbol used over 3,000 years ago. Many religions, including Buddhists and Hindus, still use the Swastika today. The Swastika originated over 3,000 years ago as symbol of good luck. (Symbology) It was very common from about 1,000 B.C. and was used in many cultures around the world, including China, Japan, India, and Southern Europe. By the middle ages it was well known and used every day by these cultures. Native Americans were another important culture to use the Swastika. It represented different meanings to various Native American tribes. It was a symbol the ancient Mississippian culture used to communicate their history, thoughts, ideas, and dreams. (Swastikas) These people were better known as the Mound Builders. They associated great mystical value to the Swastika and their sacred rites and rituals. These were special ceremonies. The Swastika to them helped recognize a whirling or turning motion. They saw the Swastika as a symbol of the sun, the four directions, and the four seasons. The
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