Swasthika mud flaps


The Swasthika is an ancient symbol hijacked by the NAZIs into a globally identified icon of evil. Its hard to realise that for thousands of years the symbol meant something completely different.

There are some people who are trying to rehabilitate this symbol. Its going to be a hard slog – given that this shape is so tightly linked to a short but horrible time in history.

Out here in the exotic mystic east, (Asia) this symbol is less tainted and is still publicly visible. It is less prominent in Sri Lanka despite being a religious symbol for many south Asian religions – including some East Asian traditions of Buddhism.

The Swasthika does make an occasional appearance in Sri Lanka. often in the oddest places like the mud flaps of this trishaw in rural Sri Lanka.
Swathika mud flaps on taxi in rural Sri Lanka
Indi spotted a Swasthika trisaw in the city.

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9 comments

  1. The Nazi swastika is generally the reverse of the one found in SL, although the three-wheeler pictured does carry the Nazi – and in the correct Nazi colours too. Aaarg. Aaaarg. Vat is Dis? Ve are under der jackboot of the Trishaw Nazi now……..bad enough being under the jackboot of the Mahinda regime.

    The Nazi party were the National Socialits and what with MR spouting both in his election campaign I was watching to see if he would utter both in the same breath but he dd not.

    Wikipedia has a good history of the emblem:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

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  2. I was hoping to avoid linking to wikipedia in at least one post ๐Ÿ˜‰
    jackboot of the Trishaw Nazi ๐Ÿ˜€ that’s a good one.

    I don’t think our glorious leader has to harp on socialism since we are after all the “Democratic socialist republic” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, I wonder if the trishaw mafia will take a whack at this one.

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  3. The reverse of the Nazi Swastika is suppose to bring good luck. its placed in many indian houses at the entrance. Usually in gold colour or yellow!

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  4. Isn’t it ironic that Hitler also stood up for the Aryan race, while most of the Sinhala buddhist patriotism also revolves around the great Aryan race.

    In fact, in popular sinhala buddhist literature it’s said that the buddha gave the responsibility of the Aryan race and the fate of the Sri Lanka island to Saman deviyo (who is supposed to be the next buddha). And told him that it will be a place where his religion will be kept unharmed for a long time.

    It’s amazing how a seemingly innocent story could lead to so much of bloodshed, violence and superiority complex.

    If we were a more technologically advanced nation, we would have surely joined hands with hitler.

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  5. I spent 13 years of my life wearing a school tie with a gold(-ish) swathika on it. Had a time explaining to a bunch of Americans at a youth conference that no, it isn’t evil, the nazi’s got it spinning the wrong way anyway and don’t worry it won’t bite…

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  6. Hitler would be very surprised if he found Sinhalese claiming to be Aryan, at least by his definition of th term.

    The Aryan term is relevant to Sri Lanka in its use in linguistics – Pali is supposed to be a Middle Indo Aryan language.

    The Aryan race, which is what Hitler was concerned about. According to wikipedia (ok I tried to leave wiki out but it seems impossible) “The “Aryan race” is a concept in European culture that was influential in the period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It derives from the idea that the original speakers of the Indo-European languages and their descendants up to the present day constitute a distinctive race.”

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  7. santhoshi Yet to spot a yellow Swasthika in Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jack Point Yes that’s a good point (no pun intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) The Aryan thing was also part of the Nazi interest in Tibet. The history channel website has a good overview with further info links. I saw the “Himmler’s Crusade” book mentioned in the website in a book shop (not in SL).

    Angel That must have been quite an experience!

    “Me” That’s quite interesting – if you got any links about it please post it ๐Ÿ™‚

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