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Michael asks…

Shouldn’t we try to take back the Symbol of the Swastika for good? It USED TO MEAN harmony!?

Seriously… Nazi Germany tainted the symbol but it is still used in a large percentage of the world for luck and in its original meaning of harmony!

Why not take the symbol back and make it mean what it once meant… Taking the wind out of the Neo Nazi’s sails?

卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞ 卐 ☮ 卍 ∞
Swastika
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
The swastika (from Sanskrit svastika) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period and was first found in the Indus Valley Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent. It occurs today in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol; it remains widely used in Eastern and Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Despite this usage, the symbol has become stigmatized and to some extent taboo in the Western world because of its iconic usage by Nazi Germany, and it has notably been outlawed in Germany if used as a symbol of Nazism (usage of the sign by religious groups is tolerated). Many modern political extremists and Neo-Nazi groups such as Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and Russian National Unity use stylised swastikas or similar symbols.
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Suzi Q answers:

The Swastika is innocent. It was specifically the NAZIS that did all of the atrocities, and the swastika was, literally, an innocent bystander, or a rape victim. You don’t shun the victim of a rape, so why should you shun the swastika? Think of it this way: How can a symbol be guilty for the acts of a madman? Another way of thinking of it is this: As a symbol of torture, dominance and absolute rule, the Cross has just as much relevance, and just as much hatred associated with it as the swastika does, and yet, in this society anyway, people use the Cross without realising or paying any attention whatsoever to the evil that lurks behind it…

SO WHY SHOULD WE NOT DO EXACTLY THE SAME TO THE SWASTIKA?!?

The time has definitely come to reclaim the swastika, and re-purpose it’s meaning. That is not to say that we should forget the nazi atrocities. Quite the opposite: we should definitely remember, but we should definitely move on.





Sharon asks…

Are people still ignorant of what religious Swastikas are?

The Swastika is used as a religious symbol by the
Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, much like the KKK
cross is used by the Christians.

Buddhist Symbols: The Swastika and the Shatkona (Star of David)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWqeJGmVyyg

The Buddhist Swastika Vs. Nazi Hakenkreuz
The Buddhist Swastika Vs. Nazi Hakenkreuz

The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit svastika(in ancient India, in Devanagari, स्वस्तिक), meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark
made on persons and things to denote good luck. It is composed of su- (cognate with Greek ευ-, “eu-“), meaning “good, well” and asti a verbal abstract to the root as “to be”; svasti thus means “well-being”. The suffix -ka forms a diminutive, and svastika might thus be translated literally as “little thing associated with well-being”.

The swastika symbol is one of the oldest symbols on the Earth and can be found in all religions and traditions, on all continents!
http://www.proswastika.org/page.php?2

Used in Asian Countries to denote where Buddhist Temples are located:
Japanese Buddhist Temple Swastika Street Sign

Amitabha Buddha with Swastika Shield
http://budaedu.org/book-img/CoverL/BP001.jpg

Coca-cola Swastika
http://www.adbranch.com/wp-content/uploads/coca-cola-swastika-fob.jpg

American Swastika Flag
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l3kdyyTsKw1qbj98ao1_500.jpg
Buddha’s Swastika Palm:
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/NGNumKm_32U/

Suzi Q answers:

A bit confused with the Nazi & so called Jews:

http://www.henrymakow.com/israeli_haganah.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMSiiLnvRek&NR=1&feature=fvwp





Ruth asks…

Can someone please help? Thanks?

Alright. I have to do an essay about the swastika. 5 paragraphs. Will someone please tell me if I’m off on a good start?

The word Swastika comes from the Sanskirt word meaning “to do.” This symbol used to represent positive things such as sun, power, strengh, and even good luck 3,000 years ago. The Swastika also used to be used as decoration for postcards, coins, and buildings. It wasn’t until 1920 that the Swastika was a symbol of hate, death, and violence.

In 1920 Adolf Hitler thought that the Nazi Party needed it’s own new flag. Hitler chose the Swastika as the new flag because…And I can’t find out why he chose the Swastika. Thanks in advance!!

Suzi Q answers:

In your first paragraph, you have the word ” used ” three times. I made a few other changes to to avoid over using the verb “was”.

How about this…

The word Swastika is derived from the Sanskirt word meaning “to do.” This symbol was a representation of sun, power, strength, and , 3000 years ago, even good luck. The Swastika once was used as decoration for postcards, coins, and buildings. It wasn’t until 1920 that the Swastika became a symbol of hate, death, and violence.





John asks…

Can someone help me please!! thankss!!?

I have to write a 5 paragraph essay on the Swastika.
How is this so far?? All suggestions apperciated!!

The word Swastika comes from the Sanskritt word meaning “to be.” This symbol represented positive things such as sun, power, strengh, and 3,000 years ago, even good luck. The Swastika also was used as decoration for postcards, coins, and buildings. Coins found date back to 1,000 BCE show that the Swastika was a commonly used symbol. Many cultures used the Swastika, and almost every culture had a different name for it. It wasn’t until 1920 that the Swastika became a sign of hate, death, and violence.

In 1920 Adolf Hitler thought that the Nazi Party needed it’s own new flag. Hitler chose the Swastika as the new flag because he wanted something that people were already familiar with. Soon, the meaning of the Swastika changed from behing postive to being all about violence, death, and hate.
Unfortunately, because the Nazi made sure everyone knew what the new meaning of the word Swastika meant, it still causes problems today. Infact, many people view the Swastika as a very bad thing. Although, there are a few religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism that do not view it as a bad thing. On the other hand, Jewish people are very offended by the Swastika because it is a reminder of the hatred, and the millions of Jews that we’re killed for the wrong reason, being Jewish.
I don’t know what my 4th and 5th paragraph should be about

Suzi Q answers:

There are just a few spelling errors/grammar errors, a spell-check on Microsoft Word should take care of those. One of your sentences, “Coins found date back to 1,000 BCE show that the Swastika was a commonly used symbol,” doesn’t make much sense. Reword that a little? For your additional paragraphs, perhaps you could elaborate on former uses a little more (be specific) and also add more detail on how it became such a known symbol?? I suggest using the following websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm





Betty asks…

Can someone please help me? Thanks!!?

Alright. I have to do a 5 paragraph on the Swastika.
How does this sound so far? All suggestions are apperciated!

The word Swastika comes from the Sanskirt word meaning “to be.” This symbol represented positive things such as sun, power, strengh, and 3,000 years ago, even good luck. The Swastika also was used as decoration for postcards, coins, and buildings. Coins found that date to 1,000 BCE show that the Swastika was a commonly used symbol. Many different cultures used the Swastika, and almost every culture had a different name for it. It wasn’t until 1920 that the Swastika was a sign of hate, death, and violence.

In 1920 Adolf Hitler thought that the Nazi Party needed it’s own new flag. Hitler chose the Swastika as the new flag because he wanted something that people we’re already familiar with. Soon, the meaning of the Swastika changed from behing positive to being all about violence, death, and hate.

Suzi Q answers:

It sounds good, but maybe the first paragraph should be more general and have a thesis.

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