Saturday, May 21, 2005


Reverse Swastika: I see this everyday, on my way home. It's an ancient symbol in Shintoism, denoting a Shrine, and it is more than a little unsettling to see all the time. What is kind of unfortunate is that I'm probably becoming more desensitized to this symbol.

2 comments:

Kyle said...

This traditional Buddhist symbol was developed before WW2 and the Nazi empire. Hitler did a lot of research on building a brand that people could recognize. He just copied the symbol and reversed it.

The Swastika is a symbol of the Buddha's heart and mind, sometimes appearing on the Buddha's chest in sculptural representations, its common in Korea also.

Shamrocks! said...

Kyle:

Over here, it's explicitly Shintoist. I know the Japanese borrowed it from China. India also reveres this symbol. Apparently, the lost tribes of Israel ended up all over the east, so there might have been some connection....I think originally it had some connection to the middle east.

...hmm, I didn't know about the "Hitler as CEO" theory-where did you find that out? It was also a symbol in christianity for a while, so he might have just ripped it off.