Swastika is the Oldest known symbol in the world.
The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. (That even predates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh!) Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE. The image of the swastika was used by many cultures around the world, including in China, Japan, India, and southern Europe. By the Middle ages, the swastika was a well known symbol and was called by many different names. In India it is called Swastika.
China – wan
Germany – hakenkreuz
Greece- Tetraskelion and gammadion
Hinduism and Buddhism
The swastika was and is a major symbol of Hinduism and Buddhism : representing eternity, particularly the eternal and ever-present force of the Brahman, the supreme consciousness. It is also a symbol of the presence of goodness, as well as representing strength and protection.
Though it is not known for exactly how long, even Native Americans have long used the symbol of the swastika.
The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit svastika - "su" meaning "good," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. and represents life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations. For instance, the swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins , and buildings.
A Change in Meaning : Hitler and the NazisIn the beginning of the twentieth century, the swastika was a common symbol of German nationalism. In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi Party needed its own insignia and flag. For Hitler, the new flag had to be "a symbol of our own struggle" as well as "highly effective as a poster."
On August 7, 1920, at the Salzburg Congress, the red flag with a white circle and black swastika became the official emblem of the Nazi Party.
Because of the Nazis' flag, the swastika soon became a symbol of hate, antisemitism, violence, death, and murder.
What Does the Swastika Mean Now?
For 3,000 years, the swastika meant life and good luck. But because of the Nazis, it has taken on a meaning of death and hate. These conflicting meanings have caused many problems in today's society. But there is this story : One time a guy went to make some photocopies of some Hindu Gods for his temple. While standing in line to pay for the photocopies, some people behind him in line noticed that one of the pictures had a swastika. They called him a Nazi.For Buddhists and Hindus, the swastika is still a very religious symbol that is used in every single religious ritual.
Unfortunately, the Nazis were so effective at their use of the swastika emblem, that many do not even know any other meaning for the swastika or even care to check for its
Well I am not religious at all but I just don't like the power evil has on goodness...so I shared this post.