When you see a Swastika odds are the emotions coursing through you are something along the lines of fear/hate/disgust. Since the rise of the Nazi party the swastika has been associated with hatred and Intolerance.
However the swastika is actually an incredibly ancient and near globally used symbol for good fortune and prosperity. What you see above is a Jain and Hindu symbol and it is commonly used to represent the Jain religion.
What follows are a series of Swastikas from cultures all around the world. Please feel free to correct me on any of this if it is incorrect. Credit for the photos goes to Wikipedia.
Coins from Corinth Greece
Windows in Lalibela stone churches of Ethiopia
Plains Indian youth in 1909 Oklahoma
Ancient Roman floor tiles from Spain
A Buddhist temple in Korea.
And finally a Kabbalistic swastika composed of Hebrew letters
I hope this post has expanded your mental horizons slightly. It would be a shame to let past hatred spoil such a beautiful and universal symbol.
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reisejones asked: Are you interested in living on a Kibbutz?
No not particularly. I love the country and outdoors, but I also like the city. I’m a Roman Catholic living in America so it might not work. I love the idea of a kibbutz though. It seems like the ideal has been corrupted a little, but Kibbutzim still seem to be some of the most egalitarian communities around.
The kibbutz (Hebrew word for “communal settlement”) is a unique rural community; a society dedicated to mutual aid and social justice; a socioeconomic system based on the principle of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation of production, consumption and education; the fulfillment of the idea “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”; a home for those who have chosen it.
Flames they flicker in the night,
Burning briefly, burning bright.
But while the dark is marked by light,
Never leave my dimming sight.
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Not sure if this is an actual proverb, but I love the metaphor.
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