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The Swastika in Sweden

16th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Swedish for Swastika is Hakkors. In common with the neighbouring countries of Norway, Finland and Iceland this symbol has appeared in many contexts and guises over the centuries.  There are links with mythology, manufacturing and the military forces of Sweden and Finland. Some of the earliest examples are to be found in Bracteates, many […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part Three

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

  The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. The Icelandic Steamship Company [Eimskipafjelag Islands in Icelandic] was presented with the emblem […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part Two

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. Lucky charms It seems very likely that the Thorshammar was regarded by many Icelanders […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part One

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. The rectilinear Hakakross had been in regular use from prehistoric times. It is found […]

The Escadrille Lafayette in World War 1

1st October 2015
Posted by S Taylor

During World War 1 the Escadrille Lafayette was composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighter aircraft.  It was named in honour of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of both the American and French revolutions.  Born in 1757 the Marquis de Lafayette launched into his military career at the tender age of 14 by which time he […]

Swastika-type devices in American Churches

6th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

This month we are looking at some rather unusual examples of Swastika-type symbolism in North American Churches. Our first example comes from the First Chinese Church of Christ in Hawaii dedicated in 1929. It features wooden pews with Swastika carvings.  They appear in the tilted recto format.  The official website states that these are ancient symbols that […]

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