The Swastika Used To Be A Universally Positive Symbol

The Swastika Used To Be A Universally Positive Symbol

Though in the west the image of the swastika has been tainted with references to anti-semitism and genocide, it wasn't meant to be that way. The swastika was used for thousands of years as a symbol of luck and prosperity recognized around the world. The word swastika was derived from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "well-being." Hitler felt the evidence that the symbol was widely used by ancient Indo-Europeans proved that Germans were the master race. Thus, he adopted the swastika to represent Nazi Germany.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The swastika was originally a universal symbol for luck and prosperity. (0:16)

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    The word "swastika" is derived from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "well-being." (0:27)

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    In 2013, tattoo parlors across the world offered free swastika tattoos to reclaim the symbol from the Nazis, and celebrate it for its original meaning. (1:41)

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