03/04/2009, 11:49 am
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Your name's Swastika Pete? Really?

Your name's Swastika Pete? Really?

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The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.

Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.

Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations. For instance, the swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins, and buildings. During World War I, the swastika could even be found on the shoulder patches of the American 45th Division and on the Finnish air force until after World War II.

Comment by Gary

pic to the left is not a nazi one, the angled one on the right is.

Comment by james

Technically yes, but, No. He got it for all the wrong reasons. trust me.

Comment by loltatz

I think the 45o angle on the left denoted the action of the nazi movement. Also the initial good fortune swastika turned to the left wsa thought to invert the good fortune and thus the nazis were “doomed” because they turned the “good fortune” symbol in the opposite direction.

Comment by M

correction: the tilted one on the right

Comment by M

When I was stationed in Korea the cross on the left was all over certain temple’s. Before I knew what it meant I was ignorantly surprised. Its a Buddhist cross, and is thousands of years old.

Comment by Adam

The guy on the left is probably a Nigerian scammer… which makes it all the better =D

Comment by Jon

I make love to black men

Comment by Sharon

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