Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?
Bunny and/or Roy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
10 Jan 1997 22:11:00 GMT
Pastor Bob (email@example.com) wrote:
(snip...a discussion of the origin and significance of the swastika)
Even the flipped Nazi version is of pagan origin
: as pagan themes were used as a common unifying myth by the Nazis and
: many high ranking Nazis were known pagan practitioners who invoked the
: majick arts to aid in battle. In fact, the Nazis eagerly scoured their
: conquests for pagan artifacts and were noted for bringing much of what
: they found to museums in Berlin. Notable among these were ancient
: Babylonian artifacts.
Be careful what conclusions you draw from this. German scholars had
been leaders in the study and collection of western Asian and
middle-eastern antiquities for decades before the rise of the Nazis.
FYI: The German word for the figure is "Hakenkreuz", or hooked
cross. The word "swastika" comes from two Sanskrit roots: svashti+ka,
meaning, roughly "well-being".a Reminds me, I once knew an
extraordinarily lovely woman from Bali named Svashti. She told me it
was an amuletic name that parents sometimes gave their daughters to
keep them safe and in good health.
"Papa Hegel he say that all we learn from history is that we learn nothing
from history. *I* know people who can't even learn from what happened this
morning. Hegel must have been taking the long view."
(John Brunner, "Stand on Zanzibar")