The Swastika Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual
people and they communicated their history,
thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation
and Signs such as the Swastika symbol.
The origin of the Swastika symbol derives from the ancient Mississippian culture of the Mound Builders of North America and were major elements in the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of American prehistory (S.E.C.C.). Some of the
Native Indian tribes still
retain some elements of the Mississippi culture
and the symbolism of the broken cross symbol -
that is commonly referred to as a Swastika.
Origin of the word Swastika
word 'swastika' derives from an Asian Indian
Sanskrit word, in which the meaning of the
swastika stands for universal welfare. "Swasti"
means well-being of one and all and "ka" means
symbol. The swastika is one of the most ancient
of all symbols and used as a symbol for peace,
life and good luck. It represented the revolving
sun, fire or life.
Swastika Symbol Sand Painting
following picture of a Navajo Sand Painting
provides and authentic illustration of the
Yei spirits with
the central cross displaying the features of the
Navajo Yei Swastika Sand Painting
Swastika symbolism is destroyed
ancient Swastika was adopted as a symbol of the
Nazi Party of Germany in 1920 who used it as a
symbol of the Aryan race. The events leading to
WW2 destroyed the original meaning of the
swastika and completely reversed its original
meaning from peace and life to war and death.
The true meaning of the swastika and its
symbolism has probably been destroyed forever
but the symbol belonged to ancient cultures long
before the terrible events of the 20th century.
Swastika symbol and the Mississippian culture of
the Mound Builders
There is evidence that the Swastika symbol
featured in the ancient Mississippian culture of
the Mound Builders in North America. The Mound
Builders associated great mystical value to the
swastika and the sacred rites, myths and symbols
of the Mississippians play a role in the beliefs
of many Native American tribes. The swastika is
a broken cross symbol, a type of
Cross in the
Circle - Solar Cross Symbol, with arms bent
at right angles, suggesting a whirling or
turning motion. There are many examples of this
particular type of Swastika symbols.
Meaning of the Broken Cross Symbol to the Native
Americans - the Swastika
To Native American Indians, the swastika is a symbol of
sun, the four directions, and the four seasons.
third image depicts the full image of the
Serpent symbol where the right angles are
depicted as gentle curves and the entire symbol
is slightly slanted. The swastika symbol and shape is
clearly evident in this depiction by the Mound
Builders. The broken cross symbol or the
Swastika, is commonly known as the "whirling
log" to many Native Indians, though the literal
meaning in the Navajo language "that which
Symbol - Mississippian culture
The most ancient Native American Indian symbols,
like the Swastika symbol, came from the
Mississippian culture which was established in
1000AD and continued to 1550AD onward. The
Mississippian Native Americans were the last of
the mound-building cultures of North America in
the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United
States. The Mississippian culture was based on
warfare, which was represented by an array of
emblems, motifs and symbols. The Mississippian
culture Swastika icons like the Swastika
symbol provides interesting history and ideas
for tattoos that include cosmic imagery
depicting animals, humans and
Mythical creatures and monsters.
The Mississippian Native Americans practiced
body painting, tattooing and piercing.