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The history of the Swastika

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The earliest swastika known has been found in Mezine, Ukraine. It is carved on late paleolithic figurine of mammoth ivory, being dated as early as about 10,000 BC. It has been suggested this swastika may be a stylized picture of a stork in flight and not the true swastika that is in use today. Mirror-image swastikas (clockwise and anti-clockwise) have been found on ceramic pottery in the Devetashka cave, Bulgaria, dated 6,000 B.C. It appear in Neolithic China in the Majiabang, Dawenkou and Xiaoheyan cultures.

Swastikas also appear on pottery in archaeological digs in Africa, in the area of Kush and on pottery at the Jebel Barkal temples. It is seen in Egypt during the Coptic period. Textile number T.231-1923 held at the V&A Museum in London includes small swastikas in its design. This piece was found at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and is dated between AD 300-600.

The swastika is also seen in Iron Age designs of the northern Caucasus (Koban culture). Other Iron Age attestations of the swastika can be associated with Indo-European cultures such as the Indo-Iranians, Celts, Greeks, Germanic peoples and Slavs. In England, neolithic or Bronze Age stone carvings of the symbol have been found on Ilkley Moor.

The Tierwirbel (the German for “animal whorl” or “whirl of animals”) is a characteristic motive in Bronze Age Central Asia, the Eurasian Steppe, and later also in Iron Age Scythian and European (Baltic and Germanic) culture, showing rotational symmetric arrangement of an animal motive, often four birds’ heads. Even wider diffusion of this “Asiatic” theme has been proposed, to the Pacific and even North America (especially Moundville).

Solar symbols

The swastika (卐)

Borjgali

Triskelion

Three hares

Gankyil

Tursaansydän

Sun cross

Celtic cross

Brigid’s cross

Iran Sun Cross

Swastika Stone

Camunian rose

Swastika curve

Rosettes and  Ornamental Art

Sun Wheel – The Ancient Swastika

The Women’s Dance I: Southern Asia

Human Past

Armenian Eternity Sign (arevakhach)

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Georgian Eternity Sign (Borjgali)

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The Kolovrat (Коловрат) Swastika (Свастика)

– the foremost symbol representing Rodnovery amongst East Slavic peoples and traditions.

Armenian dancers

Ingushetia National Flag

Solar emblem of Vainakh represents not only the sun and the universe

but also awareness of the oneness of the spirit in the past, present and future

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Old Avarian popular symbols appearing on stone and felt

Avar, Kumyk

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Flag of Ust-Orda Buryat Autonomous Okrug

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Flag of the Isle of Man

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Flag of Sicily

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Kuna, indigenous people of Panama and Colombia

Flag of India

Swastika, a symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism

Jainism

Mezin, Ukraine, 10,000 BC

Swastika, Balkans, 7th-6th mill. BC

Cucuteni-Trypillian, 6500 BC

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Swastika, Vinca, 5500-4800 BC

Samarra, Iraq, 5000 BC

Swastika, Hassuna, 5500 BC

Swastika, Elam, 4000 BC

Swastika, Ur, Early dynastic, 2900-2400 BC

Swastika, Ur, Jemdet Nasr, 3100-2900 BC

Swastika, Ur, Jemdet Nasr, 3100-2900 BC

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Swastika seals, Indus Valley

Minoan ''Kamares'' Jar

Minoan

Swastika, Early Cycladik II, 2700-2300 BC

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Bronze Age Mycenaean

Swastika, China, Majiayao, Mid 3rd mill BC

Swastika, China, Majiayao, Mid 3rd mill BC

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Swastika, China, Majiayao, Mid 3rd mill BC

Swastika, China, Majiayao, Mid 3rd mill BC

Swastika, Minoan, 1800-1600 BC

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Triskele, China, 1200-650 BC

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Etruscan, Bolsena, Italy, 700-650 BC

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Greek, Attica, ca. 780 BC

Artemis with swastikas. Greece, circa 700 BC

Thebes, Greece, 500 BC

Etruscan pot c.700BC

Etruscan pot 700 BC

Gaul, Lyon, France

La Olmeda, Spain, Ancient Rome

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Nydam Mose, Denmark, 300-400

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Anglo-Saxon, North Elmham, Norfolk, 500-600

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Buckle from Oseberg Vikingship Buddha

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Runestone from Snoldelev, East Zealand, Denmark, 900 AD

Buddhist temple, Japan

Antique Navajo Indian silver. In Navajo myth, the swastika represents the Whirling Log, vehicle of the Culture Hero. In the Whirling Logs myth, the hero of sets out on a long journey, has a number of misadventures encountering the Water Monster, picking up important ceremonial/medicinal knowledge along the way, and when he reaches his destination, When he finally reaches his destination, the gods take his log out of a whirlpool where the rivers meet, and help him to shore.

Antique Navajo

Antique Navajo

Antique Navajo

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Ghana, 1400 AD

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