Indo-Germanic and Svastika

Vidhyanath Rao vidynath at
Fri Feb 28 17:31:07 UTC 1997

> On the subject of svastika, can it be explained why or how this sign 
> (both right and left pointing) occurs on the Harappan inscriptions?

The svastika is one of the most widely distributed signs. I am
deeply sceptical of the assumption that it is a marker for any particular
ethnic group or that it `belongs' to any particular group.

In fact, I remember reading a claim that if young children, not exposed
to this sign, are left to freely doodle, this is one of the doodles that
occurs very commonly. I don't know if this is indeed true. Can anyone
confirm or deny this. [If true, it seems that this is worth being
publicized more.]

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