Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Swastika

It's ironic that the origins of the Swastika would be so positive since the symbol is looked at with such animosity in current society.  This idea led me to think of another symbol.

The pentagram is a symbol looked at with negativity. People look at it and see heresy and evil. It's origins actually mean the 5 elements, protection, and the creation of life.  This shows how the use of some symbols can create completely different meanings for them.

A symbol with similar meanings to the pentagram but has been used contrastingly with the Swastika is the hexagram.  The hexagram is not just a symbol used by the Jews.  It has been iconic symbol throughout the ages for many peoples and religions. The use I thought of was that in the Vitruvian Man shown below. This symbol represents the mathematical proportions of the human anatomy. Another symbol of a form of equality.




The last symbol I thought of was the Star of David form of the hexagram.


As I said earlier, This symbols has clashed with the Swastika's current influence on modern society. However, it is still a symbol that has brought a mass of people with similar thoughts and ideas together.  That is something that the Swastika and the Star of David share.





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