The swastika was actually a symbol of good until the Nazis got ahold of it

The swastika has been around for over 3,000 years and commonly symbolized goodness

and luck, up until its use by the Nazis in Germany. The now reviled image was used by cultures all over the world, including early Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and even Native Americans.

In more recent history, the swastika was still prominent just before the rise of the Nazi party. A few American uniforms featured the symbol in World War I. Coca Cola used it in advertising and, as seen above in this picture of the Edmonton Swastikas , sports teams even took its name. The Nazis deeply complicated the swastika’s long existence as a symbol for good, and looking back upon its thousands of years of prominence in cultural history can yield some results that appear incredibly strange with contemporary eyes. To salvage the image, it has been proposed that the clockwise version of the swastika should represent evil while counterclockwise would represent goodness.

Photo by Internet Archive Book Images

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