Can the swatiska be reclaimed?

imrs.phpA Jewish student at George Washington University posted a swatiska on a fraternity bulletin board, and faces expulsion. The student said he brought the shape back from a spring break trip to India.

But the swastika’s shape — for Buddhists and Hindus — has a whole different meaning. From the cutline to the photo above, printed in the Washington Post:

This traditional Rangoli is shaped like a swastika which Hinuds believe is a symbol of progress.

Adolph Hitler and the Nazis co-opted the symbol and turned it into something hateful. “Swastika” comes from a Sanskrit word that means “good fortune” or “well-being.” Think the symbol has a shoot at redemption?

And thanks, Leftover, for showing me this website.

Published by datingjesus

Just another one of God's children.

Join the Conversation


  1. No, I don’t think so. It’s too hurtful an image and it wasn’t that long ago. There are still holocaust survivors out there who remember first hand.

    1. I remember a time when some guys down south tried to reclaim the Confederate battle flag by repurposing it with the colors of Africa. I thought that was pretty cool, but it didn’t take off, at all — probably for similar reasons.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: