How did a symbol with an ancient past begin its journey from mystic rune to a fascist emblem? I asked this question from
Remember? Hitler and his Nazis party used the swastikas to murder millions of Jewish people and anyone supporting the Jews, but for centuries before this hideous outrage, the use of the swastika symbol had deep roots in both positive and negative interpretation. What is the real meaning?
What is the history of the swastika? Does this symbol represent good or evil? Should symbols, which groups steal, adopt, or change, be taken back (change the meaning back from a negative to a positive)?
Who Has Used the Swastika as a Symbol Prior to the German Nazis?
Some American Indian Tribes (Good Luck)
Navajo (Whirling Log, Healing Rituals)
Hopi (Represented The Wandering Tribes)
East Indian (The Sun, Wheel of Birth & Regeneration, Vishnu)
Vedic (Mythical Demonic Semi-Deity)
Sumeria (Four Powers of Nature)
Greek (Greek Cross Similarities)
Mayan (Wheel of Life)
Pre 1930 -American (Good Luck)
Pre 1930 American Boy Scout Flag (Black Flag with White Swastika)
Buddhist (Symbol for Peace)
My perception (Hatred, Intolerance)
Hitler and the Nazis! In 1920, Adolf Hitler decided that the Nazi party needed to stand alone with a distinct insignia, representative flag, and other propaganda. For Hitler, the new flag had to be "a symbol of our own struggle" as well as an "highly effective as a poster." (Mein Kampf, pg. 495) On
Seven years after the Nazi flag was introduced, the KiMo theatre was designed and built (1927) using the style and designs of several American Indian cultures common to the American southwest at that time. One of these American Indian symbols included the swastika. Can the same symbol be representative of many meanings? Who’s symbolic meaning is correct, the sender of the symbol or the receiver of the symbol?
“Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the original design elements of the KiMo Theatre are preserved for their original cultural significance. Although today the swastika can evoke negative emotions, the KiMo invites visitors to remember that the original meaning of this ancient sacred symbol is one of life and prosperity. “Additional information can be found here, which happens to be the source of the paragraph listed above.
Things which make you go Hmmmmm! Comments welcome.