Swastika


The word swastika is originates from a Sanskrit word svastik, meaning to make sacred or lucky. Because of Hitler's fascination with this symbol, the swastika has become an extremely controversial symbol in the western world.

This symbol is the second oldest symbol known to man; only the spiral rivals the swastikas age and symbolic usage. Unlike the spiral however the swastika has enjoyed popularity throughout history. To the many of the indigenous peoples of North America like the Navajo, this symbol represents the sun, power, and healing. To the Romany the swastika is a symbol of protection, and was placed at entryways to ward off evil. The swastika is also a sacred symbol in many eastern beliefs like Buddhism and Hinduism.

The swastika has even appeared on good luck medals worn by aviators, and promotional key fobs put out by Coco-Cola before World War II. It is a beautiful symbol that represents good luck, welfare, prosperity and victory.

There is a myth about the direction the swastika is facing as to its purpose. This is a modern western idea, as the swastika is often pictured in both directions in many designs for the sake of symmetry. The one difference seems to be that swastika used by the Nazis, like the one in the center above, is the only example I can find of one resting on a point in modern iconography.

It saddens me to no small extent that such a treasured symbol could be lost to ignorance and hate. It is in the memory of the sanctity of this symbol and the hope of redeeming the swastika in western eyes that House of Dubhrós still offers jewelry with this symbol.

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