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Swastika ( Trivia # 10 )

on Thursday, April 30, 2009

The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles , in either right-facing () form or its mirrored left-facing () form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It occurs mainly in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It remains widely used in Eastern religions / Dharmic religion such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Though once commonly used all over much of the world, its iconic usage in Nazi Germany has stigmitized the symbol in the Western world. It's usage has been outlawed in Germany.

Geometrically, the swastika can be regarded as the area inside of an irregular icosagon or 20-sided polygon. The proportions of were fixed based on a 5x5 diagonal grid.
Characteristic is the 90° rotational symmetry and chirality, hence the absence of reflectional symmetry, and the existence of two versions of swastikas that are each other's mirror image.

Indeed Swastika is one of the most popular shapes in the world !!

A right-facing swastika might be described as "clockwise"

The swastika was used as an official emblem of the Nazi Party, a use sometimes continued by modern Neo-Nazis.

The swastika in the decorative Hindu form.


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