The swastika has an extensive history. It was used at least 5,000 years ago and there are over a hundred distinct versions.
The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means "good fortune" or "well-being." The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky.
To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Odinism. It is a common sight on temples or houses in India or Indonesia. Swastikas also have an ancient history in Europe, appearing on artifacts from pre-Christian European cultures.
In the beginning of the 20th century the swastika was widely used in Europe and America. It had numerous meanings, the most common being a symbol of good luck and auspiciousness.
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