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The Swastika as a Cultural Symbol
A discussion of the swastika as a cultural symbol.
# 139149 | 750 words | 0 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Anthropology (Cultural) , History (European - World Wars)

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The paper reveals that the swastika is not a symbol of evil, although in the modern world it has come to be seen as one. The paper points out that even without the modern interpretation, the symbol was not entirely a positive one; the swastika represented both creation and destruction, the center of existence and the act of wandering away from that center. The paper relates that although it is possible to view this symbol with horror, it is important to be aware of other interpretations as well.

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"The swastika is commonly associated with Nazi Germany. In modern culture, following as it does World War II, this association is both automatic and visceral; reasons other than the hatred expressed by the Nazis are disregarded when some people respond to the use of such a symbol. However, the swastika predates Nazi Germany by several thousands of years. It has been a positive religious symbol used by other cultures all over the world, including those on the Indian subcontinent and by native North Americans. Knowing these things, walking into an ancient temple that was decorated..."

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