Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?

Julia E Smith (
8 Jan 1997 16:29:51 GMT

In article <>,
Susan Ford <> wrote:
>> Now, I understand that finding just one such commonality between different
>> cultures is not proof that they had contact with each other, however I
>> don't understand why the idea of a common source is so far fetched. Isn't
>> it a common theory that the native peoples of North, Central and South
>> America at some point in the past crossed either a land or ice bridge
>> probably between Siberia and Alaska? If this is true, then why could the
>> symbol not have been in existence before such a crossing? Shouldn't this
>> common symbol at least be viewed as evidence that such widely separated
>> cultures (such as the Mayans and the Egyptians) MIGHT have a common origin?

There's a big gap between saying that a symbol in was in wide use tens of
thousands of years ago and saying that two civilizations (separated by
thousands of miles and thousands of years) have a common origin. I could
say that all civilizations have a common origin. After all, there was at
least one diaspora out of Africa. Just because it was 1.5 million years
ago doesn't matter, does it?

I hope that we would want some much more detailed kind of contact to talk
about common origins.

Julia Smith
University of Pittsburgh