Originally posted by Bloodfoot@Jul 6 2005, 05:30 PM
"Unlike the infamous swastika of Nazi Germany, the Bubbhist manji is depicted as a square (rather than diamond-shape), and can point either clockwise or counter-clockwise. An ancient symbol, the manji can bee seen on the chest, palm and feet of Buddha, representing good luck. You'll also see it on the belly of the fishy bad-boy below."[snapback]84406[/snapback]
Of course, technically a manji is a swastika ("manji" is Japanese, "swastika" is Sanskrit). The Nazis co-opted the symbol and its name to represent the exact opposite of its true meaning, though its original intent can still be seen through the etymology:
Sw (su) - asti - ka
- "su" (a cognate with the Greek "eu") means "good" or "well."
- "asti" (cf. Latin "esse") means "being." (So the first two parts are "well-being" or "goodness.")
- "-ka" is a diminutive suffix.
The whole thing together means something along the lines of "little goodness," or "good luck charm." Of course, the Swastika is now tainted by the Nazis, and not supposed to be used (though Hindus and Buddhists don't really care, considering it was theirs to begin with).
So anyways… people are just too uptight. But yeah, using an explanatory side-note (instead of erasing the symbol) is a good idea, even if they have to fudge the details slightly so nobody throws a shit-fit.