The symbol of the Swastika and its 12,000-year-old history

The swastika is a symbol used by of one of the most hated men on Earth, a symbol that represents the slaughter of millions of people and one of the most destructive wars on Earth.  But Adolf Hitler was not the first to use this symbol. In fact, it was used as a powerful symbol thousands of years before him, across many cultures and continents.

For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance - on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol, reflected in many artefacts that have been discovered. It was used by Nordic tribes and even early Christians used the Swastika as one of their symbols, including the Teutonic Knights, a German medieval military order, which became a purely religious Catholic Order. But why is this symbol so important and why did Adolf Hitler decide to use it?

The word ‘swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) meaning ‘It is’, ‘Well Being’, ‘Good Existence, and ‘Good Luck’. However, it is also known by different names in different countries - like ‘Wan’ in China, ‘Manji’ in Japan, ‘Fylfot’ in England, ‘Hakenkreuz’ in Germany and ‘Tetraskelion’ or ‘Tetragammadion’ in Greece.

Swastika - Positive and Negative ShapesA Sanskrit scholar P. R. Sarkar in 1979 said that the deeper meaning of the word is ‘Permanent Victory’. He also said that as any symbol it can have positive and negative meaning depending on how it is drawn. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and the Sun, while the left-hand swastika is a symbol of Kali and Magic. The double meaning of symbols is common in ancient traditions, like for example the symbol of the pentagram (five pointed star), which is viewed as negative when pointing downwards, and positive when pointing upwards.

Mezine SwastikaThe earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.

In Buddhism, the swastika is a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity. It is directly related to Buddha and can be found carved on statues on the soles of his feet and on his heart.  It is said that it contains Buddha’s mind.

Lalibela SwastikaOn the walls of the Christian catacombs in Rome, the symbol of the Swastika appears next to the words “ZOTIKO ZOTIKO” which means “Life of Life”. It can also be found on the window openings of the mysterious Lalibela Rock churches of Ethiopia, and in various other churches around the world.


Navaho - SwastikaIn Nordic Myths , Odin is represented passing through space as a whirling disk or swastika looking down through all worlds. In North America, the swastika was used by the Navajos. In Ancient Greece, Pythagoras used the Swastika under the name ‘Tetraktys’ and it was a symbol linking heaven and earth, with the right arm pointing to heaven and its left arm pointing to Earth.

It has been used by the Phoenicians as a symbol of the Sun and it was a sacred symbol used by the priestesses.

Swastica - Phoenicians

The swastika, the Phoenician sun symbol, on the Phoenician Craig-Narget stone in Scotland, and on the robe of a Phoenician high priestess. ( Source)

How and why did so many diverse countries and cultures, across many eras, use the same symbol and apparently with the same meaning?   

It is ironic, and unfortunate, that a symbol of life and eternity that was considered sacred for thousands of years has become a symbol of hatred.

Featured Image: Ancient Roman Mosaics in Villa Romana La Olmeda (Wikipedia)

By John Black

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The light connection to Swastika´s very much confirms my description of the Swastika symbols generally representing the very generative principle of life.

Back in antiquity, that was the name of my college year book. That's before the perpetually offended class took over and changed it.

The German symbol was not a "swastika" and is a different symbol, because Germans called their symbol a "hakenkreuz" (hooked cross).

It would help readers would explain the above, and that although the
"swastika" was an ancient symbol, the German symbol (the hooked
cross) was altered under German socialism and used to represent crossed "S" letters for "socialism" (the name of their group and what they called themselves), and that is one of the amazing discoveries of the historian Dr. Rex Curry, as described by the author Ian Tinny in the book "Pledge of Allegiance and Swastika Secrets."

Hitler and his supporters did not call themselves "Nazis" nor "Fascists."
They called themselves socialists.

That is why Hitler's symbol was turned 45 degrees from the horizontal and always pointed in the "S" letter direction. It was similar to other symbols of German socialism (i.e. the SS symbol is two "S" letters for "Schutzstaffel"; the VW is a "V" and a "W" for "Volkswagen"; the SA symbol is an "S" and an "A" for "Sturmabteilung"; and the NSV symbol is an "N," an "S," and a "V," for "NationalsozialistischeVolkswohlfahrt").

In the book "Swastika the earliest known symbol and its migrations" by
Thomas Wilson (published in 1894 at page 771) Professor Max Muller cautioned against the use of the term "swastika" and said "I do not like the use of the word svastika outside of India. It is a word of Indian origin and has
its history and definite meaning in India. * * * The occurrence of such
crosses in different parts of the world may or may not point to a common
origin, but if they are once called Svastika the vulgus profanum will at
once jump to the conclusion that they all come from India, and it will take
some time to weed out such prejudice." Muller's prediction was amazingly
accurate, and it is amusing that he labeled so many people in the world
today as "vulgus profanum."

It is a shame that the misnomer "swastika" was applied to the German
socialist symbol (the "Hakenkreuz" or hooked cross) to (bury, mask, conceal whitewash) rehabilitate socialism and also to distance the Christian Cross, all by slandering a foreign symbol (the swastika) instead.

People who actually want to rehabilitate the Hindu "swastika" will explain the
above in order to distinguish the "swastika" from the "Hakenkreuz." Most
people who read this will continue to slander the foreign symbol and word (swastika), as if they too desire to rehabilitate "socialism," to promote/protect the Christian cross. As you can see from the threads.

The misnomer "swastika" was done (and continues to be done) to cover up
Nazism's origin in American Christian Socialism, via Francis Bellamy (author of the "Pledge of Allegiance" -the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi
behavior) and his cousin Edward Bellamy (author of "Looking Backward" -the origin of the National Socialist movement).

To truly understand the swastika, from where it came, with all the related people, understand Christian Identity.

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The Swastika symbolizes the understanding of the mechanisms that creates galaxies, matter, time and space.

The Swastika therefore had to do with developing technology based on the understanding of the force behind creation itself. For the Nazi's, or whoever that accomplishes this goal, it could of course have meant winning the war.

The existence of such a physical reality, proven by functional technology built upon it, would probably mean that both the "big bang" theory and evolution theory, as a reason for matter and life, is either wrong or very incomplete, and therefore not really useable for the best heads in the world of science.

So, the swastika symbolizes astrophysical reality, or at least a very important part of it, and for the nazi's of course that what you can engineer out of that correctly understood physical reality. You could basicly play God if you know the true mechanics behind the creation of time and space.

In this light the use of the swastika symbol in the stoneage makes of course for advanced knowledge in ancient times.

Research the "Nazi Bell".


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