Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?

Miko O'Sullivan (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 19:09:42 -0500

> On 10 Jan 1997 13:20:00 GMT, in sci.skeptic, (Dan
> Moore) wrote:
> >The swastika is not a complex geometric construction
> >(make x, add arms). It is not unreasonable to think
> >that it evolved in many cultures simply as a result
> >of doodling.

If you're interested in doing some digging in the library, I may have a
lead for you on a different (though compatible) explanation. I once
read an article on this subject in either the former SCIENCE
'80/'81/'82/'etc. magazine or Omni (which I'm ashamed to say I
subscribed to as a kid). The article said that two chemists were doing
an experiment that involved some gasses when the gasses reacted to form
a sort of swastika in the air. They even showed a picture of the
swastika, which was more rounded than the hooked cross symbol, but still
recognizable. The chemists said that the chemicals can be found in the
atmosphere, and it might be possible under correct conition for the
chemicals to form a swastika in the sky: something that could easily be
taken as a sign from God.

It's an interesting possibility. Your conjecture of "common geometry"
seems quite compatible: a sign from God, and it's easy to write down and

Sorry I don't have more information. The article was, I think, some
time around 1980, so it's been a while. If there are any chemists
reading they may have a word on this.