Cross Cultural Comparison of Swastika

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 It is used as a symbol of religion and well being  Swastika has been the religion symbol for the last 12000

years in the east

Hinduism Represents the form of Brahma Found all over Hindu Temples in the form of signs, altars, picture, iconography Most Commonly used Religious Symbol in Indian Households
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Buddhism Swastika was brought from India to the oriental countries in 5th Century BC It was called manji or wan in mandarin. man in Korea and van in Japan & Vietnam Meaning – “All Eternities The symbol of philanthropic association in China called “Red Swastik Society” .II.

III. Jainism More prominently used than in Hinduism Symbol of the 7th Jina or Saint .

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Cross Cultural Comparison of Swastika West Period before Nazis  It was mostly used as a good luck charm. worn on medals  Swastika greetings were sent for best wishes and good luck  The British Author Rudyard Kipling also had Swastika inscribed on all his books  Also a symbol used by Scouts in Britain. .

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liberalism and Marxism).Use of Swastika by the Nazis  Adopted by the Nazi Party as the official emblem  Represented the struggle for victory by the pure Aryan race which made the Swastika the “symbol of racism”.  Nazi flags bearing the Swastika was used in Jewish concentration camps and all areas of Nazi invasion .  High investment in Military beliefs  Became a symbol of rise of Fascism( alienating democracy.

“In RED. the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man. which as such always has Been & always will be anti-Semitic” . and. the victory of the idea of creative work. in WHITE the nationalistic idea. In the SWASTIKA. By the same token. we see the social idea of the movement.

adopted by Hitler on the new Nazi flag  Became a symbol of the Ancient Aryan Race  Created concept of racial purity  People in the West immediately started connecting Swastika with the Nazi leading to anti Nazism .After Nazi  Change in perception  Due to popular usage.

The pandas were Christmas crackers. In 2006. The fashion firm Espirit was forced to recall 200000 catalogues having accusations that British made Buttons appearing in their new collection had Swastika designs. In 2005. Chinese manufacturer. a Japanese computer games giant had to withdraw a POKEMON TRADING CARD featuring Swastika(manji) in 1999 from western markets. Microsoft offered an apology for its. a court in Stuttgart fined a 32 year old man more than $8700 for selling Anti-Nazi Badges.' unintentional oversight’ that caused two Swastiks to be included in a font in its new Office Suite. the photographs of British prince Harry in a costume with a Swastika armband in Wiltshire created a furore & the prince has to issue a statement in apology. In 2002. . personally called some of the people in Canada who received the toy pandas having a Swastika symbol on them.Nintendo. Walpert. In 2003.

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Causes for Change in Perception  Swastika was the symbol of Facism which rejected ideologies of democracy. alienating the countries following these beliefs  The Nazis were responsible for death of 11 million men. Hence. women and children. thus Swastika became the death symbol . liberalism and marxism  Swastika became the symbol of Hitler’s ambition who was against capitalism and socialism.

 The activities of Nazis led to the break up of Germany in 1945 causing great embarrasment to a once great country This changed the German perception towards its own political party ..Contd.

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