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What's with the Swatstika in Japanese Google Map?

Old 17th Mar 2011, 00:04
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What's with the Swatstika in Japanese Google Map?

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This one puzzled me as no idea.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 00:13
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The Swastika has been around a lot longer than the Nazi's...but I see no swastika in that reference.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 00:16
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Nor do I, and I looked closely. Where are you looking racedo?
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 00:22
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Zoom right in.There are a couple to the south of the centre.
Wiki says that in the Japanese context that it's used to denote a Buddhist temple on maps.

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Old 17th Mar 2011, 00:30
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I haven't looked at the link, but if you've discovered a clockwise facing swastika you may have stumbled across a covert Nazi training ground. Under normal circumstances, phoning the authorities would be prudent although I suspect they're rather tied up right now.

If on the other hand it is a counter-clockwise orientated 'svastika' then you have indeed found a common Buddhist symbol. Nothing to worry about. And to be fair, in East Asia they often orientate them interchangeably so its pretty safe to assume that what you are looking at is a place of worship, and not some jack-booted, brown shirted, moustached troupe on a training camp.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 02:05
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The Nazis didn't invent swastikas. Swastikas are like nuclear plants: people are irrationally scared of them even when they don't have the slightest clue about them.
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The Nazis didn't invent swastikas. Swastikas are like nuclear plants: people are irrationally scared of them even when they don't have the slightest clue about them.
How very true. The Nazis, like nuclear plants, were not inherently bad. They just had bad PR.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 06:57
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I thought swastikas marked the location of the Green Environmentalist groups in that area.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 07:24
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The swastika shape is common in runic script too - I think that was why Finnish aircraft in WW2 used the symbol.
In Buddihsm (& Hinduism) I think it is a symbol for resurrection as well as good luck and well being. It's also rather pretty & has been used as pure decoration for millenia. Mostly in Buddhism though I think it is the reverse of the symbol used by the evil nazis though from my observation both are used. You can see swastikas used all over Asia still - and it doesn't have such a connotation as it does in the west or with the generally pig ignorant.
Incidentally when I was young and had to go to church some of the very old vestments were decorated with swastikas - but I thought that was because the priest was a secret nazi.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 14:56
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Prior to World War Two the 45th Infantry Oklahoma National Guard Division used the swastika as a unit ID because it was a native American symbol.

It was soon changed after Hitler came to power and started invading everybody.
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That would be about the same time that SS cars changed their name to Jaguar I think.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 15:27
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If you visit the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. check out the "Indian head" emblem for the Lafayette Escadrille, when you will see that the Indian sports little swastikas. (Also, please see the memorial to one of the Escadrille's American pilots, there in the Cathedral.)

The Finns used the swastika because it was the personal good luck emblem of Count Eric von Rosen, a Swede who donated one of their first aircraft. Its use pre-dated Hitler and the Nazis. The Finns changed in 1945 to a roundel because of the swastika's association with outlawed Nazism.

The deal for the Nazis was a bogus association via the swastika with the Aryan race, an imaginary, European, pure "white" racial strain from ancient India. The closest we get to that in real life is probably the Roma, "gypsies," who were the target of Nazi persecution.

The swastika is a sort of yin-yang symbol, I think, showing a sort of orderly division of the universe into contrasting parts.

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I think that was why Finnish aircraft in WW2 used the symbol.
Finnish Air Force used it 1918 (from their inception) to 1945, and Latvian Air Force 1926 -1940 - both because it is a very old symbol, unfortunately taken into use by a party, and a country ruled by that party for a dozen years. It is still used in FAF unit flags and some Finnish medals. The fact that it was used by evil people for a while, does not change its original history, the same way as it does not change its meaning as Buddhist symbol, nor in other old and independent uses.

Edit to say that chuks has it.

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Old 17th Mar 2011, 15:57
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Aren't these swaztikas the other way round ?
I mean the nazi symbol is maid of 4 "Gammas", the ancient Greek letter. On the upper Gamma the horizontal bar goes to the right.

In this Buddhist symbol, the horizontal bar seems to go to the left.
(Don't know if my description is clear...)

(edit) I mean : this symbol is not a swaztika

And I removed the capital letters intentionally where they would have been grammatically correct...

(EDIT AGAIN) And reading again the thread, I see that I missed Suray Minor's post #6... Sorry about that...

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Old 17th Mar 2011, 16:47
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Aren't these swaztikas the other way round ?
Now that you mention it, I do believe the 45Th Divison's was. I need to check on that.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 19:01
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Originally Posted by Sunray Minor
I haven't looked at the link, but if you've discovered a clockwise facing swastika you may have stumbled across a covert Nazi training ground. Under normal circumstances, phoning the authorities would be prudent although I suspect they're rather tied up right now.

If on the other hand it is a counter-clockwise orientated 'svastika' then you have indeed found a common Buddhist symbol. Nothing to worry about. And to be fair, in East Asia they often orientate them interchangeably so its pretty safe to assume that what you are looking at is a place of worship, and not some jack-booted, brown shirted, moustached troupe on a training camp.
A common misconception, Sunray. The only difference between the Nazi and Hindu/Buddhist Swastika is that the former is tilted 45 degrees. Sometimes (apparently) you'll find the mirror image in South Asia but the ones I've in India are all 'clockwise' (assuming the hands are in a walk-like-an-Egyptian pose).
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 19:16
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 19:23
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The Swatstika is an African means of killing mosquitoes.

A rather eloquent chap called Chuks used to opine humorously on the Swastika and the basic triskelion but he seems to have disappeared in a puff of Verdic magic.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 19:47
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There was one a few K away in Maasmechelen until it was discovered by the Mayor. Now replaced by a shamrock; appropriate for today!
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