‘Swastika’ a religious symbol of Hinduism ,is found throughout the world cultures.
Swastika means a mark indicating auspiciousness.
Swasthi means auspiciousness.
‘Swastika in Sanskrit means any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote auspiciousness, or any piece of luck or well-being. It is composed of su, meaning “good, well” and asti, the third person singular of the verbal root as, “to be”, meaning “it (he, she) is”. The phrase swasti therefore means “it/he/she is good”. The two words spoken together become “swasti” through sandhi, a process by which sounds modify other sounds spoken close to them. The expression “swasti” is used as a word on its own, meaning good health or good fortune. The added suffix forms an abstract noun, and swastika might thus be translated literally as “that which is associated with well-being”, corresponding to “thing that is auspicious” or “lucky charm”. The word Is recorded first in Vedic Sanskrit. As noted by Monier-Williams in his Sanskrit-English dictionary, according to Alexander Cunningham, its shape represents a monogram formed by interlacing of the letters of the auspicious words su-astí () written in Ashokan characters.’ ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika )
‘The earliest swastika known has been found in Mezine, Ukraine. It is carved on late paleolithic figurine of mammoth ivory, being dated as early as about 10,000 BC. It has been suggested this swastika may be a stylized picture of a stork in flight and not the true swastika that is in use today. Mirror-image swastikas (clockwise and anti-clockwise) have been found on ceramic pottery in the Devetashka cave, Bulgaria, dated 6,000 B.C. It appear in Neolithic China in the Majiabang, Dawenkou and Xiaoheyan cultures.
Swastikas also appear on pottery in archaeological digs in Africa, in the area of Kush and on pottery at the Jebel Barkal temples. It is seen in Egypt during the Coptic period. Textile number T.231-1923 held at the V&A Museum in London includes small swastikas in its design. This piece was found at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and is dated between AD 300-600.
The swastika is also seen in Iron Age designs of the northern Caucasus (Koban culture). Other Iron Age attestations of the swastika can be associated with Indo-European cultures such as the Indo-Iranians, Celts, Greeks, Germanic peoples and Slavs. In England, neolithic or Bronze Age stone carvings of the symbol have been found on Ilkley Moor.
The aTierwirbel (the German for “animal whorl” or “whirl of animals”) is a characteristic motive in Bronze Age Central Asia, the Eurasian Steppe, and later also in Iron Age Scythian and European (Baltic and Germanic) culture, showing rotational symmetric arrangement of an animal motive, often four birds’ heads. Even wider diffusion of this “Asiatic” theme has been proposed, to the Pacific and even North America (especially Moundville).’
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Swasthi Prajaapya Paripalayanthaam
Nyayenena Magena Mahe maheemsam,
Go Brahmanebya Subhamasthu Nithyam,
Lokaas Samasthaas Sukino Bhavanthu.
Mangalya Prarthana, Universal Prayer for Auspiciousness from the Vedas,the sacred texts of the Hindus.
This symbol is found among all the world cultures,having been adopted by early civilizations,Hitties,Mittanis,Akkadians ans by all the religious groups.
Translation by Sri. P.R.Ramchander.
‘Swasthi prajabhya paripalayantham,
Nyayena margena maheem maheesa,
Gobrahmanebhyo shubhamasthu nithyam,
Loka samastha Sukhino bhavantu.
Let good things occur to the king of the country,
Who looks after his people well, in the path of justice,
Let Cows* and Brahmins** have a pleasant life daily,
Let all people of the world have a very pleasant life.
*wealth was measured by cows in those times
** People in search of God