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As any know-it-all 15 year old will tell you, the swastika was originally an anicent Hindu symbol of good fortune and prosperity. However, it was used reletivly recently by the nazis and is still used by various hate groups. One would have to be very foolish to use the swastika with the anicient connotations. Would you wear a swastika armband to wish everyone else good luck?
"Intellectual" 15 year old-I have a swastika drawn on my comp book because it used to be an ancient symbol of good stuff.

Senseable Person-But now its a symbol of the Nazis, racism, and bigotry, and is offensive to millions around the world. Besides, its not like the swastika has had its meaning "reclaimed". Get rid of it before people think that you are actually a Nazi.
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Think of it this way: Cadillacs used to be symbols of youth and wealth. Now they are symbols of old age. Does driving a Caddy make people think that you are young and rich? No, usually people see a Caddy and imagine that some old person is driving it. Same basic idea.
by JakeStar January 23, 2006
 
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Very ancient symbol representing wealth and peace. From a graphic design point of view, one of the coolest logos ever created. High visual impact. Sexy, elegant, slick.

Also, ripped off by Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), failed artist, corporal in the austrian army and finally muppet dictator during his reign of terror, for use by the Axis, a joint effort by several countries worldwide to promote german tourism abroad. Nowadays it is used as a secret symbol to identify jerks, emotionally immature wanker death metal fans, sexually insecure homophobic rapists, disoriented working class kids , weekend freedom fighters, nostalgic bigot old farts and all kinds of radical football aficionados.
by dmt August 14, 2003
 
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An ancient symbol in Eastern cultures to represent peace. Then Hitler came back and the dfinition of the swastika did a 180.
The different between the traditional swastika and the infamous Nazi symbol is that Hitler put his version at a 45 degree angle.
by army_azn March 17, 2005
 
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was actually a hindu symbol of peace until that bitch adolf hitler took it, flipped it in a different direction, and claimed it was his. He took a great symbol and made it one of death and destruction
Whoever thinks the swastika is a nazi symbol is an idiot.
Whoever thinks the swastika is a hindu symbol is smart.
by this website is ruined January 05, 2006
 
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Ancient sanskrit symbol of peace, prosperity and welfare. Today, most in the west asociate it with racism due to its use in Nazi germany. What a shame
by Bigrattus June 12, 2003
 
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Although it is commonly believed the swastika originates from Hindu and Indian culture, there is also evidence that it was used by ancient Aryan/Indo-Eurpoean tribes as a symbol of the Sun; the Sun being a subject of worship by the ancient tribes.

It is not unnatural that the swastika was a significant symbol in both Indo-European and Sanskrit cultures sinse the two had a considerable amount of ties.

It also seems logical that Hitler would use a symbol connected to Aryan culture.
There are still uncertainties as to where exactly Hitler acquired his idea of the swastika.
by Rouben May 06, 2006
 
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Quite possibly the coolest symbol ever drawn but that asshole Hitler had to take it and it is now associated with Nazism. That sucks incredibly because if I ever wanted to have a symbol for whatever organization I had I would choose that but I guess that Hitler thought the same thing so now if I draw it (because it is fun to draw) everyone calls me a nazi.
Stupid Nazis had to take the swastika geez why couldn't they have chosen something stupid like a circle with a penis in it or something.
by soopahman March 26, 2007
 
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Most commonly known to represent the nazis.

For over 3000 years it meant happiness, good luck, and harmony... this was Hitler's ideal. So he used it to represent what was to become of the National Socialist German
Workers' Party. Of course, this ideal Hitler had required conquest, and the swastika was used in their flag.
It has thus come to represent the nazis, the holocaust, and even to some extent WWII.
This is what the native Americans called it, but its German name was Hakenkreuz.
by A Nazi February 18, 2005