The swastika, often associated with Nazism and Hitler's ideology, has a much older and diverse history. Originating in the Paleolithic period, around 25,000 to 20,000 BC, this symbol has been a part of many cultures worldwide, far predating its adoption by the Nazi regime. It appears in various forms across a wide range of objects, including clothing, weapons, banners, coats of arms, coins, decorative ornaments, and even church designs. Each culture has imbued the swastika with its unique meaning, making its symbolism rich and varied.
Commonly, the swastika has been seen as a symbol of movement, life, the sun, light, and well-being, believed to bring luck and foster life success. In the Buddhist tradition, particularly during China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), the swastika gained prominence. It appears on numerous Buddhist-related items, such as statues, books, and temples, symbolizing perfection. Each of its arms carries distinct meanings: the left-pointing arms represent movement, love, and compassion, while the right-pointing arms symbolize steadiness, intelligence, and strength. This multifaceted symbol serves as a testament to the complex tapestry of human cultural expression and belief systems.
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Separately it is worth mentioning that the swastika is a symbol of esoteric Buddhism. It is called the “Seal of the Heart”, because it was imprinted on the heart of the Buddha himself. In this connection, a tradition has arisen to put this image on the hearts of the dead.
Thus, we see that this symbol contains much more values than it may seem at first. It really is an important element of many cultures, especially Buddhism.
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Author: Ludmila Konovalova
My name is Lyudmila Konovalova, and I lead Royal Present Embroidery. Embroidery for me is more than a profession; it is a legacy of my Ukrainian and Bulgarian heritage, where every woman in my family was a virtuoso in cross-stitch and smooth stitching. This art, passed down through generations, is part of my soul and a symbol of national pride.