Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?

Bob Casanova (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 18:35:01 GMT

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. 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... ;-}

>Dan Moore

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Bob C.

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