History of the Swastika

The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit which means ”good fortune” or ”well being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. It was used at least 5,000 years before Adolf Hitler designed the Nazi flag. It was important for the Nazis to adopt an emblem because Hitler had a convenient but spurious reason for choosing the hooked cross. It had been used by the Aryan nomads of India in the Second Millennium B.C. In Nazi theory, the Aryans were the Germans ancestors, and Hitler concluded that the swastika had been ”eternally anti-Semitic.” The symbol for the Nazis was called swastika in Sanskrit, it is a symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. In the Western world, the swastika since the 1930s has mostly been associated with the flag of Nazi Germany and the Nazi Party. The swastika is a very old symbol with use widespread throughout the world. Sometimes referred to as a ”Gammadion” ”Hakenkreuz” or a ”Flyfot,” it traditionally had been a sign of good fortune and well being The word ”swastika” is derived from the Sanskrit ”su” meaning ”well” and ”asti” meaning ”being.” The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a yellow field, blazoned: Or an eagle displayed sable beaked langued and membered gules. This is the Bundesadler or ”Federal Eagle”, formerly the Reichsadler or ”Imperial Eagle.” The national emblem of Germany is the German Democratic Republic featured a hammer and a compass, surrounded by a ring of rye. It was an example of what has been called ”socialist heraldry.” The letters SS stands for The Schutzstaffel (SS; also stylized as with Armanen runes; German pronunciation: literally ”Protection Squadron”) was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP; Nazi Party) in Nazi Germany. The Waffen-SS (German pronunciation: Armed SS) was created as the armed wing of the Nazi Party’s Schutzstaffel (SS, ”Protection Squadron”), and gradually developed into a multi-ethnic and multi-national military force of Nazi Germany. swastik

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