From: Arne Goetje (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jun 05 2007 - 18:12:15 CDT
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Mahesh T. Pai wrote:
> 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
The left handed swastika is a symbol for Buddhism, while the right
handed one is used for Hinduism.
Arne Götje (高盛華) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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