Reclaiming a Symbol of Good Fortune
The swastika comes with a giant stigma. It was forever tainted as the symbol of Nazi Germany. However, the swastika is thousands of years old. It’s been around far longer than Nazism and it used to be an auspicious symbol of good fortune. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised when you see it pop-up on things that have nothing to do with Nazis.
Ancient Indian Seal
In case you needed proof of the swastika’s ancient origins, here are seals belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization that are 4,000 to 5,000 years old, located now at the British Museum.
The swastika is featured in ancient Greek culture, as well, seen here on a 3,000-year old bronze age doll from Mycenaean Greece.
Another example shows us a slightly modified version of the swastika on an old Greek coin from Cortinh, 6th century BC.
La Olmeda Roman Villa
Ancient Roman mosaics from the Late Antique period feature swastikas at La Olmeda villa in Spain.
Hinduism is one of the religions where the swastika has been a constant good luck charm throughout millennia. It is a common sight at temples and during festivals like diwali.
Buddhism also commonly features swastika imagery.
As does Jainism. This symbol encourages ahimsa, an important tenet of Jainism meaning “compassion”, but referring to non-violence, in general.
Finnish Air Force
There have also been small groups or companies that adopted the swastika as their logo. The Finnish Air Force used it between 1918 and 1945.
Danish brewer Carlsberg used the symbol for almost 100 years before changing it during the 1930s due to its association with the Nazi Party. It’s still present at the Elephant Tower.
During the 1920s, there was a women’s hockey team in Canada known as the Fernie Swastikas.