In the modern times, the Swastika symbol is among the most negative symbols for its direct connection with one of the most destructive wars. Adolf Hitler, during his time, used the symbol presenting his army. Yet, Adolf Hitler was not the only one that used this symbol. The truth is that, prior to Nazi, many people had used Swastika symbol.
Swastika Symbol and Its Widespread Use
Tribes across continents used the symbol. For the Hindus, Buddhists, and many of Asians, Swastika has always been a symbol of abundance and well-being. It appeared in Ancient Greece and Roma as well as the remains of Troy the Ancient city. Many artifacts dating back to the times of ancient Druids and Celts revealed that Swastika used to be there. Nordic tribes also applied the symbol as well. But why is the symbol so important?
Swastika was a positive symbol from the beginning
As a Sanskrit word, “Swastika” means “Well-Being”, “Good Existence”, and “Good Luck”. Another language also has a word for “Swastika”, for example, “Wan” in China, “Manji” in Japan, and “Fylfot” in English.
According to the scholars, the word is a compound word: “su” (good), “asti” (exists, there is, to be) and “ka” (make). Together, it does mean “Making of Goodness” or “Maker of Good Things”.
According to Sanskrit scholar, P. R. Sarkat, whether the symbol presented the negative or positive meaning depends on the way people draw it. And the deeper meaning of Swastika is “permanent victory”. The “right-hand” swastika illustrated below is the symbol of God Vishnu and the Sun while the left-hand one presents Kali and Magic.
The phenomenon of double meaning also appeared commonly in the ancient traditions. For example, the symbol of five-pointed star Pentagram when drawn upwards was positive and downwards negative.
Mezine, Ukraine was the earliest place that archaeologists found the Swastika symbol. It appeared on an ivory figurine which dated back to 12,000 years ago. Neolithic culture in the Southern Europe was the first culture recorded to have used the symbol dating back to roughly 8,000 years ago.
In Buddhism, the Swastika symbol appeared on the chest of Amitabha Buddha the celestial Buddha in Pure Land. The symbol presents the Infinite Light, prosperity, abundance, and eternity. Many people believed that the symbol contained the Buddha’s mind.
In Ancient Greece, Pythagoras, ancient people used the Swastika as the symbol of connection between the Earth and the Heaven with right arm pointing to the left for sky and left arm to the right for the earth.
Phoenicians also used the Swastika as the symbol of priestess and the Sun.