|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.
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