At 02:11 PM 28/4/97 -0400, Rachael Figearo wrote:
>Thank you for editing my post! Like I said, the swastika was a german
>invention and became moist popular during wwii. I dont not off hand recall
>the names for the symbol facing the proper direction but I do now it is not
According to the _Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged_,
the definition of the item you mention is:
swastica, _n_. [Sanskrit, from _svasti_, well-being, benediction, from _su_,
well, and _asti_, being, is.]
1. a design or ornament of ancient origin in the form of a Greek
cross with each arm bent in a right-angle extension: it exists as a mystic
symbol among various American Indian tribes and in India, Japan, Persia, etc.
2. this design with the extensions bent in a clockwise direction,
used in Nazi Germany as the party emblem and symbol of anti-Semitism.
As you can see, Rachael, the term *swastica,* in common ussage, refers to
crosses both of the ancient design with the right-angle extension, and to
the Nazi form with the extensions bent in the clockwise direction.
The Nazis *bent* things -- traditional art forms and the bodies of people.
I don't think they *invented* anything except new ways to prove that some
forms of humanity have devolved instead of evolved.