Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Swastika

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Romanian swastikaThe swastika is one of humankind's oldest known symbols.  It has the form of an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing form or its left-facing mirror form. It originally arose as a repeating design created by reed edges in the basket-weave designs of early Neolithic cultures.  As such, it has appeared in the motifs of many civilizations over the past 5000 years, variously representing perpetual motion (Greeks and Romans), the sun disk (ancient Egyptians and Bronze Age Europeans), the Christian cross and the Nordic thunder hammer. To this day the swastika is a holy symbol of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions, symbolizing good luck, auspiciousness, harmony and balance.  The swastika's appropriation by the Nazi Party unfortunately stigmatized it in the eyes of the Western world and its continued use within Asian cultures may sometimes lead to confusion, particularly in Europe.  However, it may be hoped that in time the overall goodness of this emblem will override the stain of its historically brief association with German Nationalism.

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