Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?
Bob Casanova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 18:35:01 GMT
On 10 Jan 1997 13:20:00 GMT, in sci.skeptic, email@example.com (Dan
>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. The shape lends itself to interlocking,
>repeating motifs (stare at your bathroom tile for a
>while, swastikas aren't hard to pull out of the design).
>Because of its natural repeatability swastikas can be
>found in Celtic knotwork and in Islamic mosaics. Rather
>than looking to the stars for an explanation for the
>wide spread use of the swastika it might be better to look
>at the design itself.
That's possibly the most rational idea I've heard on this subject. Of
course, that probably means it must be wrong... ;-}
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