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    Default Afrikan Swastikas



    From the Volta to the Congo to the Nile, from scarification to gold weights to hieroglyphics, the swastika has been used throughout Afriqa for a long time…

    When you see hear the word “swastika or see this symbol



    what are the first words that come to your mind?

    “Nazis.”

    “Hitler.”

    “Aryans.”

    “Blonde hair and blue eyes.”

    Then where would you guess these come from?



    An educated guess would be India. But no, they are all from Africa. That’s right Sub-Saharan, “Black” A-F-R-I-C-A. They are gold dust weights used by the Ashanti, to be more precise.

    No, not this Ashanti…



    These Ashanti:



    The ones who make kinte cloth…



    They are also called Akan. The Akan occupy a large part of West Africa including parts of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and include many sub-ethnic groups such as the Baule and the Asante (Ashanti). [1] The Akan were producing them to weigh gold dust which was their currency, thus the name ‘gold weights’. When used on the gold weight, the swastika was a symbol of currency, expressing power, money, wealth and integrity. The idea and the implementation of gold-based currency came from the Akan people of modern-day Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. [5]



    The swastika is also one of the Akan people’s famous Adinkra symbols. Look at number 12 below:


    According to one source, the swastika is referred to by the Akan as a monkey’s foot. [1] Another source says it is called Kode Emower Ewa (‘talons of the eagle’), represents devotion and service and is shaved on the back of the heads of the Queen Mother’s servants. [2] Still another source names it Nkotimsefuopua, claiming similarly that certain attendants on the Queen Mother who dressed their hair in this fashion. [3]

    The Asante also weave the swastika into their cloth. See the top left corner below:


    Is this Kente cloth symbol yet another Ashanti swastika?


    The above symbol is called Apremo-Canon. It is a symbol of resistance against foreign domination, and superior military strategy. This motif represents the superior military strategy with which Akan nations such as the Asante and Akwamu defeated the West Asians who had superior arms. [6]

    But how could this be? How did Africans learn about the swastika?

    If your idea of swastika is the symbol of a Nordic (tall, blonde, blue-eyed) race who conquered India from the north before invading West Asia (“Europe”), that’s a good question.

    The idea is not to decouple the swastika symbol and the Aryans. Rather, one must decouple the Aryan from Nordic, and race from ethnicity.


    "No signs of a Nordic invasion here."


    Arya means pure or good in Sanskrit. In the holy Vedas the good people were called Arya.[2]
    So “Arya” means, in short, “noble”. It appears to be an adjective, and can not refer to a group of people. If it is a noun, it translates to “nobility” Either way, it refers to the CHARACTER, NOT the APPEARANCE of certain people. Note: The word “Aryan” does not appear.

    So how did the word Aryan come into existence, and how did it become associated with a blonde, blue-eyed master race?

    Fredrich Max Muller, a staunch German nationalist and Christian missionary, was Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford labored for years translating the Vedas into English.
    In 1851 Muller wrote his first article in English wherein he used the word “Aryan” for the first time in the sense of a race.

    Max Muller’s good friend and fellow Indologist Paul then popularized the word “Aryan” in France. Soon many Christian scholars were seized upon by the theory of Aryan race. In 1859 Swiss linguist Adolph Pictet wrote that the Aryan race was the

    “…one destined by Providence to reign one day supreme over the entire earth . . . They were the race of Aryans. …”

    The notion of “Aryan” had become, in a few short years, the emblem of European manifest destiny over the world, a signet coined in the language of scholarship which gave Europeans a racial and religious mantle of superiority.[4]
    But the people weren’t fooled. Initially

    all attempts to correlate the Aryan language to Aryan race were not only unsuccessful but also absurd”. Even at that time many academics opposed the Aryan invasion theory.[4]
    So if Aryan refers to a race, it is not a race in the way we usually think of it. “Race” to us means people with the same skin color, culture and language. That is actually ethnicity, though. Ethnicity means related identity, but race means similar qualities. And the people with noble character (‘arya’) can be found all over the world. Maybe they use the same symbols to recognize each other:


    Map Showing Distribution of Swastika in Archaeological Finds

    Other Afriqan Swastikas:



    The swastika scarred upon a Congo river woman's shoulder


    Nekhbet Vulture - By Dynastic Egypt, an extremely wide symbolic lexicon was in use, with the swastika having become a miscellany.


    The Rockchurch of Lalibela (Ethiopia, 12th century)

    Copied with permission from: http://selfuni.wordpress.com/2014/12...ikan-swastika/
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    [1] “Nine Cast Brass Gold Dust Weights, Akan People, Ghana, 16th-18th centuries”. Michael Blackman, LTD. Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://www.michaelbackmanltd.com/1402.html

    [2] “Adinkra: Kode Emower Ewa”. About.com. Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://africanhistory.about.com/libr...Emower-Ewa.htm

    [3] R. S. Rattray, Religion and Art in Ashanti (Oxford, 1927), 265. Retrieved 10.12.2014 from https://at37.wordpress.com/2012/03/2...s-james-gates/

    [4] Kenyatta, Ekowa. “The Swastika”. The Stewart Synopsis. Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://www.stewartsynopsis.com/swastika.htm

    [5] “Swastika Symbol on Akan gold”. SwastikaShop.com. Retrieved 11.12.2014 from http://swastikashop.com/swastika-symbol-akan-gold/

    [6] “Kente Cloth: Ghana’s Ashanti Cultural Heritage to the World’s Fashion Civilization”. Kwekudee- Trip Down Memory Lane. 3.12.2012. Retrieved 11.12.2014 from http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.b...-cultural.html

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    who told you that the first things coming to mind while seeing swastika is "hitler, nazi's?"

    wanted to post a longish answer but wont bother, gl with the topic.

    PS. what a waste of pain in exchange for utter ugliness:


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    Good info on the African swastikas. As for the rest of the stuff, you are stirring up the hornet's nest with the Aryan stuff. Overall you are right about Aryan not meaning blue eyed blond haired. Europeans are a mix of an aboriginal population of dark skin and colored eyes that mixed with Neolithic Middle Eastern farmers with pale skin and dark hair. That is how white race formed in Europe as they selected for white skin and light hair and eyes. Aryans came to Europe after the Neolithic Middle-Easterners had come through. See map below:

    The Aryans are the R1a's and R1b's you see in that map. Like plenty of other Central Asian groups later on like Mongols, Huns, Turks, etc, Aryans were the same. They were bunch of nomadic warriors that were very good at war. They conquered the white Europeans west of them and took over the Y-chromosomes to a large degree in Europe. They also conquered southward into India, placing themselves on top of caste system. Indians getting conquered by Aryans means Indians getting conquered by people that look like Afghans/Tajiks, not like Germans or Swedes. Germans and Swedes got conquered by people that look like Afghans/Tajiks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acquisitorz View Post
    PS. what a waste of pain in exchange for utter ugliness:
    i find it cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry2 View Post
    i find it cool
    and what's "cool" about it ? he/she looks mutilated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acquisitorz View Post
    and what's "cool" about it ? he/she looks mutilated.
    different culture people


    anyway i like the patterns. scarification to some African cultures is what tattoos are to others a lot of it IMO is ugly but this one is interesting looking

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    ^ It would make an interesting tattoo, though that looks like it hurts IMO .
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    nice thread, there were also Native American swastikas, which i thought was very interesting, how did these signs even get there in the first place





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    Interesting, I'd learned of the African ones, had 't heard of the Native American.

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