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The Swastika by Nikoneyes The Swastika by Nikoneyes
The swastika is a holy symbol in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. In the West, it is more widely known as the badge of the Nazi movement.
The motif seems to have first been used by early inhabitants of Eurasia. However, it was also adopted in Native American cultures, seemingly independently. The swastika is now used universally in religious and civil ceremonies in India. Most Indian temples, wedding, festivals and celebrations are decorated with swastikas. By the early 20th century it was widely used worldwide, and was regarded as a symbol of good luck and auspiciousness.
Since the rise of the National Socialist German Workers Party, the swastika has been associated with fascism, racism, World War II, and the Holocaust in much of the western world. Before this, it was particularly well-recognized in Europe from the archaeological work of Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the symbol in the site of ancient Troy and who associated it with the ancient migrations of Indo-European ("Aryan") peoples. Nazi use derived from earlier German völkisch movements, for which the swastika was a symbol of "Aryan" identity, a concept that came to be equated by theorists like Alfred Rosenberg with a Nordic master race originating in northern Europe. The swastika remains a core symbol of Neo-Nazi groups, and is also regularly used by activist groups to signify the supposed Nazi-like behaviour of organizations and individuals they oppose.
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amygdalon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
;-)
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OzelotStudios Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see someone who actually knows what the symbol means :)

I was in India and was overwhelmed by the use of swastikas. They had it on flags, cars, buldings, fences you name it. I visited this temple with a golden 2 meter high swastika and about then i realized the true meaning of the symbol :D
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I heave linked it to the art I did on the swastika. [link]
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Kiito-sama Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Such a beautiful picture or such a beautiful symbol, why did the nazi's have to modify it into a symbol of racism?
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ZGM-ZGM Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
So much over a little symbol
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yesstoss Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
The Nazis made the best of it!!
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
That is Blasphemy... The damn Nazis stole the symbol... and misused it...
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Nikoneyes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
The swastika symbol was popular worldwide regarded as a symbol of good luck and success and also in religious/spiritual ues!

the Nazis gave it a new meaning!
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yesstoss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Uh No. They continued the meaning of it and with the greatest effect.
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
They misused it...
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