A Good Luck Symbol for over 5,000 years!!!

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When you THINK Swastika, you should visualize the image above. THIS is what it should look like. Or at least, it should convey feelings of joy, peace, and happiness.

I know that many, especially those of the Jewish faith, when they think, or hear the word "Swastika", they think of the image below.

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The black crooked cross that came to symbolize one of the most feared and loathed regimes in the 20th Century, National Socialist Germany.

Would it surprise you to know that before the Nazis came to power in Germany and made the Swastika their emblem of hate, it was a universal symbol of Peace and good luck? It was for over 5,000 years, a symbol to the Hindus, the Buddhists and many other Eastern religions. It also shows up as a good luck symbol for many North American Indian tribes as well. Indeed, the Hindus and Buddhists STILL use it as a religious symbol.

I don't know if any of you remember, but a few years ago, when the Pokémon trading card game craze was sweeping across the country, a young Jewish boy in New York got a pack of cards that were MEANT for distribution in Japan. On one of the cards was a "Manji" or reverse Swastika. Well, the boy and his mother were "appalled" that a symbol of "hate" would be put on a child's gaming card!!! 

To the Japanese, and several other Cultures in the Far East, it is STILL a symbol of good luck, and many other not so violent, but actually happy meanings. During World War One, it was not uncommon to see the Swastika painted on the personal aircraft of many WWI fighter Aces. The American Ace, Raoul Lufberry, one of the first to volunteer for the Lafayette Escadrille (That's FRENCH for Squadron) had one on his aircraft. Werner Voss, one of the Great German Aces had one on his Albatros DIII, and No, the Nazis did NOT exist in WWI, in spite of what some people would like to believe.

If you look at some of the early American Western movies close, you'll see Swastikas painted on Indian teepees. Before the Nazis even came to power, the Finnish air force used the Swastika as a national marking on their aircraft.

I have some Hindu friends and many of them wear a Swastika on a necklace. Most of them keep it hidden because of the negative connotations, but they wear it all the same.

Please, when you see a swastika, find out in what context it is being displayed before you start condemning someone. Naturally, if you see it spray painted on a house or synagogue, I think you know how to interpret that. But if someone of OBVIOUS Far Eastern heritage is wearing a gold Swastika on a chain necklace, I'd say it's safe to assume that person is not a neo-nazi. TRY to remember, the real, ORIGINAL and hopefully future use of the Swastika is as a symbol of Peace, good luck, and/or harmony. Naturally this depends on the culture to one degree or another. But I think all of those are fully compatible, while the most (in)famous use is not.

If you want to condemn the Nazis for what they did, that's fine. I agree with that. But don't blame the Swastika for what Adolf Hitler and his henchmen did. Don't let the stigma of 12 years of Nazi rule over Germany ruin this symbol.

It is LONG overdue time that the Swastika should be returned to it's rightful place as a symbol of Peace, Good Luck, and Harmony.

For more information on the reclamation project for the Swastika, click on the image below and be prepared to open your eyes, heart and mind.

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A post card from 1907

The text on the back reads:

"The Swastika" is the oldest cross and emblem in the world. It forms a combination of four "L's" standing for Luck, Light, Love and Life. It has been found in ancient Rome, excavations in Grecian cities, on Buddhist idols, on Chinese coins dated 315 B.C., and our own Southwest Indians use it as an amulet.  You will also find it, in reverse on many Buddhist temples in Japan, as well as some manhole covers on their streets.

It is claimed that the Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers of Mexico, Central America consider "The Swastika" a charm to drive away evil and bring good luck, long life and prosperity to the possessor.

For more info, go to http://www.luckymojo.com/swastika.html.
Also check out http://www.japanese-buddhism.com/swastika.html for more info on Buddhist links to the swastika.

 What do you think?  Email me at albert@albertlowe.com with your questions or comments.

Created: January 14, 2002
Last updated: December 8, 2010
©2002 Albert Lowe. All rights reserved.
The "Smiley" Swastika was found on Manwoman's site at http://www.manwoman.net/.
The "Luck Card" was found at http://www.luckymojo.com/swastika.html.
The Haken (Nazi) Swastika was found at http://www.niagara.com/~freedom/accniag/haken.htm.
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