In Swedish we have a very nice word, “krumelur”. I guess the English equivalent is “Squiggle”, a name you can give any doodle or geometrical form.
I have oft thought of how people fight these symbols (usually ill informed of any historical / cultural use ) rather than ideas, thus using the Squiggle as a scapegoat.
In Germany the display of Swastikas ore prohibited in almost any form, leading to ANTI FACISTS being arrested for having CROSSED OVER swastikas???????
With their logic , a crossed over Swastika is still a Swastika ( = anti Nazism is a kind of Nazism? )
As late as 2005 police raided the offices of the punk rock label and mail order store “Nix Gut Records” and confiscated merchandise depicting crossed-out swastikas and fists smashing swastikas. In 2006 the Stade police department started an inquiry against anti-fascist youths using a placard depicting a person dumping a swastika into a trashcan. The placard was displayed in opposition to the campaign of right-wing nationalist parties for local elections.
This law has since been changed (how did something THAT stupid even get debated??? )
The band KISS has all their album covers changed in Germany since their logo contains the letter “S” chaped like a bolt / flash, thus reminding of the Sigil Rune used by the SS:
The fact that three fourths of the bands original members are Jews ( including the designer of the logo ) and one of them was even born in Israel doesent temper the Squiggle hunters and their traumatized vicarious guilt.
Angular “S” = Nazi…..so there!
An attempt to ban the swastika across the EU in early 2005 failed after objections from the British Government and others. In early 2007, while Germany held the European Union presidency, Berlin proposed that the European Union should follow German Criminal Law and criminalize the denial of the Holocaust and the display of Nazi symbols including the swastika, which is based on the Ban on the Symbols of Unconstitutional Organisations Act. This led to an opposition campaign by Hindu groups across Europe against a ban on the swastika. They pointed out that the swastika has been around for 5,000 years as a symbol of peace. The proposal to ban the swastika was dropped by Berlin from the proposed European Union wide anti-racism laws on January 29, 2007.
The swastika (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient India as well asClassical Antiquity. Swastikas have also been used in other various ancient civilizations around the world. It remains widely used in Indian Religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, primarily as a sacred symbol of good luck.
The swastika design is known from artefacts of various cultures since the Neolithic, and it recurs with some frequency on artefacts dated to theGermanic Iron Age, i.e. the Migration period to Viking Age period in Scandinavia, including the Vendel era in Sweden, attested from as early as the 3rd century in Elder Futhark inscriptions and as late as the 9th century on Viking Age image stones.
In older literature, the symbol is known variously as gammadion, fylfot, crux gothica, flanged thwarts, or angled cross. English use of the Sanskritism swastika for the symbol dates to the 1870s, at first in the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but from the 1890s also in cross-cultural comparison.
I must admit that some attempts to take away the stigma of the Symbol has failed with me too (like someone trying to make happy little post cards with Swastikas ) but in other cases, like in Heathen rituals it fits in quite naturally. 20:th century politics feels very far away.
Once, long ago, i made a Tarot deck of my own and decided to try to trancend the stigma by placing a fylfot (Swastika) AND a hexagram ( Star of David ) AND a cross on the same ( Solar ) card (all of these symbols have Solar symbolism in Hermetic thought ).
Orders like The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn use both Swastikas AND the Star of David in the same ceremonies (written before Nazism ) and both are featured on degree banners.
The inverted cross is another Squiggle that gets people crap on themselves and screem Satanism……despite having another name / symbolism as “The Cross of St: Peter – The Apostle or Petrine Cross.