Madame Blavatsky and the swastika

L.S.Cousins L.S.Cousins at NESSIE.MCC.AC.UK
Tue Dec 22 07:59:42 UTC 1998

>Madame Blavatsky -- the latter of whom
>the swastika in her seal for the Theosophical Society

This is pretty silly. The Nazis used both the cr oss and the svastika; that
does not make either of them racist symbols. The svastika has been used as
some kind of religious symbol rather widely in the Buddhist world and is of
course a rather old auspicious (and religious?) symbol in South Asia.

More generally, one should not confuse the ideas of the 1920s and 1939s
with those of a half century earlier in an entirely different context.



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