Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2502 times:
Quoting Homer71 (Reply 6): On travel/road maps of Korea, I remember they use the 'swastika' symbol to indicate a Buddhist temple.
Can anyone tell me what's the reason for this?
the swastika as a Buddhist symbol predates Nazism by a long time - I am not sure of the original significance - but the nazis stole it and corrupted it ( the Nazi version is actually a mirror image ie it 'rotates' the wrong way compared to the proper swastika )
if you go to the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen you will see swastikas on the buildings there too , tour guides always take care to explain to people touring the brewery that these are proper swastikas , nothing to do with the nazis .
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Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 7): the swastika as a Buddhist symbol predates Nazism by a long time - I am not sure of the original significance - but the nazis stole it and corrupted it ( the Nazi version is actually a mirror image ie it 'rotates' the wrong way compared to the proper swastika )
The swastika is not exactly a Buddhist symbol - it is a symbol of the Aryan race (of ancient India) of which Gautama Siddharta (Buddha) was a member. The four arms of the swastika have been called the "Four Arms of Vishnu," and also represent evolution and dissolution (consider the four arms creating two opposite paths). Although the swastika has been used in Buddhism for over 2,000 years, it is more properly an ancient Indian symbol.
Indeed, the Nazis drew it the opposite way, and also rotated it 45 degress to a "diamond" configuration as opposed to a "square" one.
NHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
The swastika is also a symbol that was used by native Americans for a thousand years or so, it represents intertwining paths among other things. The symbol itself has been used by tons of other cultures as well for thousands of years. But we all know what happened to the symbol after Hitler.
Its not any different from the pentagram that has been used by pagan religions for thousands of years which represents 5 elements or something, even some christian knights in the very early days used the symbol on their shields. But now everyone instantly associates it with "satanic" stuff because they perverted it.
There are lots and lots of one harmless symbols out there that have been adopted by groups or individuals who used it to represent bad things and ended up perverting the symbol to the point where everyone sees it as the bad thing and never realizes its other meanings that predated the bad.
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