Ancient/Historical Swastikas

Ancient/Historical Swastikas

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       The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Mediterranean Classical Antiquity and paleolithic Europe. Swastikas have also been used in various other ancient civilizations around the world including India, Iran, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, North America and Europe. It remains widely used in Indian religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, primarily as a tantric symbol to evoke shakti or the sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” (meaning “good” or “auspicious”) combined with “asti” (meaning “it is”), along with the diminutive suffix “ka.” The swastika literally means “it is good.” The symbol has a long history in Europe reaching back to antiquity. In modern times, following a brief surge of popularity as a good luck symbol in Western culture, a swastika was adopted as a symbol of the Nazi Party of Germany in 1920, who used the swastika as a symbol of the Aryan race. After Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, a right-facing 45° rotated swastika was incorporated into the flag of the Nazi Party, which was made the state flag of Germany during the Nazi era. Hence, the swastika has become strongly associated with Nazism and related concepts such as antisemitism, hatred, violence, death, and murder in many western countries, and is now largely stigmatized there due to the changed connotations of the symbol.

  • Buddha Swastika
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    Links: Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhists,
  • Indus Valley Swastika Seals

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  • Hindu Swastikas

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  • Tibetan Swastikas

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    Links: Top Ten Tibetan/Nepali Artifacts,
  • Shakti

    Shakti, meaning “sacred force” or “empowerment,” is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Not only is Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti exists in a state of svātantrya, dependence on no one, being interdependent with the entire universe. In Shaktism, Shakti is worshipped as the Supreme Being. In Shaivism, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy of Shiva and is identified as Mahadevi or Parvati.
    Links: Chakras and the Human Energy System, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakti,
  • Iranian Golden Necklace, Rasht, Iran (1,000 BC)

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    Links: Top 100 Gold Artifacts, 
  • Red Haired Mummy Found With Swastika Plate

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    Links: Top Ten Mummies,
  • Apollo Sun Swastikas

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    Links: The Pineal Gland, Sun Gazing, DMT and Om,
  • Greek Silver Stater (6th Century BC)

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    Links: Top 100 European Coins,
  • Greek Swastikas: Vase (780 BC), Helmet (350-325 BC) and Doll
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    Links: Top 100 Greek Artifacts, Top Ten Helmets, Top Ten Vases, 
  • 7,000 Year Old Vase Bottom and Various Other Vases
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    Links: Top Ten Vases,
  • Ancient Roman Fibulae

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  • Aztec Swastikas
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  • Islamic Swastikas

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  • Jewish and Christian Swastikas

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  • Ethiopian Swastikas

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    Links: Top Ten Ethiopian Attractions,
  • Celtic Swastikas

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  • Human Swastika

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  • Swastika Mosaics: House of Dionysos (300 AD), Shavei Tzion Church, Israel, and La Olmeda, Spain
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    Links: Top Ten Mosaics,
  • Korean Temple

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    Links: Top Ten South Korean Attractions, Top Ten North Korean Attractions, Temples,
  • Saison Box in Buddhist Temple

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    Links: Temples, Top Ten Asian Temples, Top Ten Buddhist Temples
  • Hexagram and Swastika
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    Links: Sacred Geometry,
  • Nazi Swastika
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  • Sun Swastikas
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  • Ancient Sri Lankan Coins

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  • Indian Coin

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  • Etruscan Pendant with Swastikas (700-650 BC)
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  • Rumored Nazi Moon Base

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  • Native American Swastikas
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    Links: Top Ten Native American Artifacts,
  • Pre-Columbian Hopewell Green Slate Serpent Swastika (200 BC)

    This is a pre-Columbian Hopewell green slate Native American serpent swastika, which was found in the Mississippi Valley, USA dated to around 200 BC.
    Links: Top Ten Native American Artifacts,
  • Coca-Cola

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  • Chinese Swastikas

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    Links: Top 100 Asian Coins,
  • Japanese Swastika
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    Links: Top 100 Japanese Artifacts,
  • Stone Swastikas
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  • Armenian Church and Ani Fortress Tower, Armenia (10th Century AD)

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    Links: Top Ten Fortresses,
  • Polynesian Swastika Tattoo Art

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  • Swastika Goldweights From Ghana

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  • Comb, Denmark

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  • Links: Sacred Geometry, Chakras and the Human Energy System, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika,

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