There are many types of swastikas all over the world. Swastika is one of the oldest symbols of humanity.

Coca-Cola logo with swastika

Sun corporation:

Sun corporation logo with Swastika

Columbia cloth:

Columbia  logo with Swastika

Even Windows:

Windows  logo with Swastika

Iranian necklace dated to as early as 1000 BC
Iranian necklace with Swastika

Swastika hangs on all pagodas. For example, in Japan:
Swastika on pagodas

The use of swastikas for decoration of pottery and other wares was most frequent in Russia.  Go to a local history museum and get an insight into embroidery.

Swastika light flux
«Light flux» on the Russian ornament in XIX century. This fragment depicts two types of square swastikas.

In 1917 swastika was on old Russian money.
old Russian money with Swastika

Then came Hitler, who took the swastika as a logo for Nazis. A page from the Nazi brand book:
Nazi brand book

On this photo is occupied Kharkiv.
occupied Kharkiv

All people all over the world promised to kill Hitler, so eventually he was killed. Then swastika was proclaimed as the biggest evil in the world. While all Nazi symbols were borrowed from another countries and cultures. Eagles were from Rome, runes – Iceland, swastika – India. It means that all these images are dated back more than thousand years ago.

Swastika poster

Today the swastika can be found in any East Asian country, from Mongolia to Korea. Mongolians keep their native swastika even during the times of Soviet Communism.
Swastika in Mongolia

US Navy Seabees Baracks. The Navy expects you to believe they had no idea their building was built in the shape of a Swastika, in 1960, only 15 years after America had cast the Swastika as the symbol of everything evil in this world and the next.

Swastika US Navy Seabees Baracks US Navy Seabees Baracks building Swastika

On this photo are portrayed walls of the Embassy of South Korea in Moscow.
Swastika on wall of Embassy of South Korea in Moscow

Something more about swastika

The earliest consistent use of swastika motifs in the archaeological record date to the early years BC. But this symbol never loses his mysterious spiritual magnetism.
In fact there is no sphere of human life, where Swastika did not penetrate. But from many Swastika types we decided to choose only one – a classic rectangular swastika because it is very popular in our world. Since some types are so clear, so we divided them into separate fragments.

Swastika on robes of clergy
Russia/ Swastika on the robes of the Orthodox clergy.

Swastika on church
Russia/ Vedenye city. The cross on the church.

Swastika Red army bage
Russia/ The sign on the cloth of  the Red Army Forces in 1919.

Swastika in sinangogue
Israel /Swastika on the mosaic floor of the ancient synagogue.

?any synagogues decorated with different swastika types.

Swastika in sinagogue
Maoz-Haim, Israel / The mosaic floor of the ancient synagogue in  IV-XI century BC decorated with swastika.

Swastika on budda
China. Harbin/ Buddhist temple. 15 meter high statue of Buddha.

Swastika bage
China/ Swastika even on symbols

Budda with Swastika
Hong Kong. A huge bronze statue of Buddha with a swastika on his chest.

Swastika ornament with flower
Nepal/ Here in the form of the Swastika flower beds.

Swastika in India
India

Swastika crowns mandir
Swastika on buildings
India/ Ganesha Temple. (The swastika is situated in the top part of the Temple).

Swastika in India
India /On bazaar.

Swastika in Taiwan
Taiwan/ Buddhist center.

Swastika in Singapure Buddha
Singapore/ A statuette of Buddha.

Swastika Singapure
Singapore/The swastika in circles on the gate of the court.

Throughout Indochina supermarkets swastika can be found  as a symbol signifying a vegetarian meal.
Swastika in supermarket

In ancient Greece, on Crete and in Troy, swastika was widely used as a decorative element in the temples, on clothing and shields of warriors, household utensils.
Swastika in Greece
Vase with geometric pattern. 8 centuryBC

Sweaters of players are adorned with swastika in a circle.
Swastika in sport
Canada/ Women’s Hockey Team in Edmonton. 1916

Swastika as a sign of gratitude was used in  American scouts community.

Swastika 9 logo
“The Swastika 9″ Girls Softball Team, Hanford or White Bluffs, Washington, 1925

Swastika in Italy Rome
The Altar of Peace in Rome

United States, United Kingdom.

Swastika Light, Love, Life and Luck

Swastika can often be found on the tissues. Jacqueline Kennedy – wife of President John F. Kennedy,  had in her wardrobe the clothing with swastikas.
Swastika Jacqueline Kennedy

In 1933  Rudyard Kipling  used Swastika as a personal emblem. It embodies strength, beauty, originality and inspiration for him. With the participation of Paul Klee swastika became the emblem of the avant-garde artistic and Bauhaus architectural associations.

Settlement of the miners, five miles from Kirkland Lake (Ontario, USA) is called Swastika.

Swastika Ontario, USA
Swastika, Ontario, Canada. Incorporated in 1908

The swastika was often printed by E. Phillips and other manufacturers of postcards in the U.S. and Britain in 1900-1910’s.
They called it only as “a cross of happiness”, consisting of “four L”: Love, Light, Life and Luck. Before the confrontation with Nazi Germany, American housewives often embroidered swastika ornaments.

Swastika048

Prohibiting the ideology of National Socialism, the court at Nuremberg was not slow to associate everything with swastika.
If the idiotic ban on Nazi symbols would be canceled (how many years have passed), all symbols of neo-Nazis would have been fully washed away with billions of logos on the basis of the swastika.

Swastika

Prohibit on swastika is like to prohibit the circle, square or triangle. Swastika is good with its symmetrical and rhythmic repetition, which underlies the half of the visual compositions.

Swastika

I’m for the canceling of all restrictions on the use of the swastika. If the reader wants to conclude that I support Nazis, than he is wrong. I’m for the freedom of graphics expression.



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  • keith

    This is a very informative article. Thank you for it. These photographs are also very helpful when learning about the true symbolism of the swastika. People should do some homework on this symbol before they go ahead and make judgements towards anyone or anything that associates itself with the swastika. They have to learn how to understand things.

  • Jonathan

    You are right!

  • Amelia

    it is a graphic design….it should be freed to serve art in a positive manner and attain a new definition. Outlawing a design means Hitler wins….he gets this beautiful symmetrical design as his own for all of history…I could see how it might flare up bad memories for many for the first 50 years after the war…out of respect it was avoided….but now it should be freed if possible

  • Carolyn

    It is refreshing to see the positive images of the symbol. I have far more examples of the use of the symbol on postcards pre1940. I am proud to live in a village called Swastika and do have postcards with the symbol on it from the early years of the development of the area. I am seeing some new uses of the symbol in advertising today.

  • Carl Wenger

    “Carolyn” states that is “…refreshing to see the positive images of this symbol.” I have news for her, that symbol will forever be associated with the Third Reich, and that IS something positive! Mein Fuhrer was no fool! He picked a symbol that is timeless & cannot be stamped out by predudicial minds. Thank you Feng Shui!

  • Wenger

    Mein Fuhrer was a genius. He chose a symbol that, thanks to Feng Shui, will endure forever and the memory of the Reich will never die. All those who attempt to suppress the Swaztika are no better than the person they revile.