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The Twisted History of the Swastika

April 12, 2016

Tags: swastika, Nazis, Theosophical Society, Rene Guenon, symbolism

The swastika used to be a good-luck symbol. How did it come to stand for hatred and cruelty?

My article, originally published in Quest magazine, winter 2016, explores this issue.

You can find it at the link to the left.

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