posted on Feb, 21 2007 @ 05:47 PM
Not to worry folks
It's just a plus-sign doing cartwheels--Dennis Miller
Excellent grist for the mill...but I'm not sure what to make of all this:
THE MISUNDERSTOOD SWASTIKA
"You were wrong! I refer to the question concerning the historical roots of the swastika. You informed us that it was an ancient Indian symbol. In
reality, however, the Indian symbol was not the Nazi swastika but rather a mirror-image symbol called the Wheel of Life. The Wheel of Life turns in a
clockwise ("deosil") direction. Hitler, who was fascinated by the occult, deliberately reversed the ancient symbol of power so that it turned
counterclockwise, or "widdershins." Traditionally this is supposed to give the symbol a "black magic" sort of power. Please, try not to be wrong
again--I can't handle the disillusionment." --West M., Atlanta
"Time to lay off the airplane glue, West. As a glance at a history book would show, the Nazi symbol was oriented in a clockwise direction. So, as
often as not, was the ancient good luck/sun symbol sometimes known as the Wheel of Life. It's true that swastikas come in both clockwise and
counterclockwise versions, and some scholars maintain that they represent opposing principles--e.g., yin/yang, male/female, and presumably good/evil.
On occasion, as you correctly note, the counterclockwise swastika, more properly known as the sauvastika, has had black-magical significance,
symbolizing night and/or the terrifying goddess Kali. But you can find examples of both types of swastikas being used in what are clearly benign
contexts. In any case, the wicked sauvastika was not the Nazi symbol. You got anything else you want cleared up, just let me know."