The Swastik Symbolism In The Modern World

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Swastikas have been around for many millennia, but the history of it is diverse. Dating back nearly 11,000 years ago, the symbol has been mainly associated with religion with variations seen in numerous cultures throughout the world. At one point in ancient Asia the swastika was seen as a symbol for infinity, or continuing creation. (Turner) The origins of the symbol though remain unclear, although there is a plethora of theories. One theory is that the it represents the sun and another that says that the four points on the swastika represent earth, wind, fire, and water, or even that the points represent the four seasons. Up until the mid-twentieth century, the symbol was quite common as a sign of good luck or well-being. (Quinn) Inevitably,…show more content…
In the United States, many white supremacist groups have adopted the symbol due to the ideals they share with the Nazi Party such as white power. Media portrays swastikas as evil, an example of this in American broadcasting would be in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where a patient with a swastika on his stomach had black doctors. The man acted like a typical racist, viewing them as worse doctors just because of their race. (Wilson) Swastikas also are seen as a symbol of fascism to westerners. Multiple countries, mainly in Europe, have banned the symbol from public display due to the stigma it holds. (Day) In the Eastern world swastikas are viewed completely differently. Buddhism is a major religion in Asia and swastikas are seen throughout Buddhist culture. Indians also see the symbol throughout their culture as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Society influences how people act on a daily basis and where a symbol could cause one reaction by people of one culture, another culture could have a completely different view as is true with the…show more content…
In the United States, many white supremacist groups have adopted the symbol due to the ideals they share with the Nazi Party such as white power. Media portrays swastikas as evil, an example of this in American broadcasting would be in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where a patient with a swastika on his stomach had black doctors. The man acted like a typical racist, viewing them as worse doctors just because of their race. (Wilson) Swastikas also are seen as a symbol of fascism to westerners. Multiple countries, mainly in Europe, have banned the symbol from public display due to the stigma it holds. (Day) In the Eastern world swastikas are viewed completely differently. Buddhism is a major religion in Asia and swastikas are seen throughout Buddhist culture. Indians also see the symbol throughout their culture as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Society influences how people act on a daily basis and where a symbol could cause one reaction by people of one culture, another culture could have a completely different view as is true with the
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