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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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:iconzgm-zgm:
ZGM-ZGM Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
So much over a little symbol
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:iconyesstoss:
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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Nikoneyes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
yes but what I'm trying to say is that it use to be a symbol for good luck and success, now people look at it as a symbol of racism...
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yesstoss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Nothing wrong with protecting your race. Does not Tibet protect their from the Chinese. Tibet and China is a Microcosmos of National Socialist Germany and the World during the war. Exactly the same.

Heil Hitler.
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
HAHA!!! You're already banned. HELL YEAH!!!
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Kiito-sama Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
wow, you're just trying you're very best to troll aren't you?
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XStraightEdgeX23 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
come on now, pick up a history book, the nazi movement at its core had nothing to do with protecting one's race. It was about racial supremacy. Not racial pride, but the the destruction of all other individuals that did not fit a set established dictatorial criteria.
And ps, the "White" "race" has never defined itself by what it IS but rather but what it is not (black, hispanic, indigenous, meditaranian, irish, italian, etc)....
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Nikoneyes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
ha?
There is a differences between protecting your race and exterminating others, like the Nazis tried to do during the war!
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Fallennight4 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Good picture

A+ for putting the original use too
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yesstoss Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
the Hakenkreuz has nothing to do with the holocaust.
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sushimanokamura Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i know. it's amazing to think that, because one person uses it as a sign of evil, everyone fears it rather than by looking into the past of the symbol instead of judging it by its most rememberable use (in europe anyways)
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Gegart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Great. but swastika was holy symbol not only in India. It was also in whole Indo-european territories: territories of Scandinavians , Germanic, Celts, Slavic, Greeks, Latins, Armenians, Persians, Indians
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yesstoss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Its not a Swastika- In German its the Hakenkreuz! And I like the German one yay!!
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Sapphire2008 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
It is a shame that a sacred symbol of good luck would be abused. I associate the Swastika with God, the universe, and the natural order.
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ArtieChoke Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Ladyadokenai is right. It is a shame that a people could change a symbol of religious significance into an icon of the most despicable act of humanity by the most nefarious people of all time.

When I see it, it evokes great sadness because of my relatives that were burned alive by the Nazis, and the relatively recent burning of my Temple by some local "Aryan" thugs. The evil persists....
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FowderSoap Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Hail Rockwell!
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Ladyadokenai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
funny how such a blessed symbol was raped.
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Ming-Lung Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Hitler discovered it in a Austrian church he attended.
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CTRLL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Hilarious
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
No... It is sad...
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phoenixtattoos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome explanation, i learnt something
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fabiano Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Great explanation ;)
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brokenman66 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
i love this logo.kill for aryan race(josef mengele)
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
down with the Aryans
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myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
I hate that change of connotation for a symbol! I like seeing this photo. It looks german to me because of the deer beside it.. but your other photos are buddhist, etc... sooooo

Anyway, thanks for putting that information up. Lots ofpeople do not know it... and it gave me even more information about it.
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Nikoneyes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2005
It was on the roof on a chines buddhist temple in Bangkok thailand. you are looking at the back of the swastika, so it looks more german.
thanks for the cooment Jacobs:hug:
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littlemissartemis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Also, notice the lotus it's sitting on.
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mejia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
in this case of your phoyo qhat kind os svastik ist? (excuse me my poor english)
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