From: Mahesh T. Pai (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jun 05 2007 - 11:12:51 CDT
William J Poser said on Tue, May 08, 2007 at 02:11:55PM -0400,:
> Hunh? The swastika is already in Unicode. U+534D is the "left-facing
> swastika", U+5350 the "right-facing swastika". This is entirely
> appropriate. To begin with, swastika has many uses other than as a
> symbol of Nazism.
The swastika is a Hindu motif. (would not call it a ``symbol'' - it
the sense that there is nothing holy about it, at least, for me, and
no body is going to accuse of scarilege if you deface it).
> For example, on Japanese and Taiwanese maps it
> is used to mark the position of temples. Moreover, even as a symbol
> of Nazism it is neutral - that is, it can be used to promote Nazism
> or to condemn it.
Hmmm.... in the Hindu tradition within India, you will find only the
right facing swastika.
The left facing swastika seems to be a non-Indian aberration. (As a
kid, when I drew a swastika for the first time, it was a left facing
one, and I was corrected - and no, I was NOT told that it was bad or
inauspicious - I was simply told that the left facing swastika is an
aberration introduced by the Nazis.).
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika . Except for description of
the left facing swastika, I agree with most of the article. Well, I
may be wrong, or have a plain ``closed mind'' about the left handed
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