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The Swastika in Denmark

24th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Danish for Swastika is Hagekors. It has occurred in many forms and at many times and places in Denmark, often in association with runes.  A fine example of this is found on the Værlose fibula, or brooch from Sjælland, now housed in the National  Museum of Denmark.  One Danish scholar reckons this brooch comes […]

The Swastika Symbol in Canada

9th September 2015
Posted by S Taylor

It’s rather unusual for a town to be called ‘Swastika’.  This particular township was founded in the early years of the 20th Century around a mining site in northern Ontario. The town was formed in 1908 by miners who came to develop the “Lucky Cross” (Swastika) gold mine. During World War 2 people naturally  got […]

Amulets in Great Britain

2nd September 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The amuletic use of the Fylfot for protection also spread to the British Isles. There is an example from the Cuerdale Hoard from Lancashire, and from the Goldborough Hoard from Yorkshire. The latter shows close resemblance to the Christian cross and may have been a Christian amulet. Sometimes the Thorshammar or T-shaped bones were used […]

The Charlotte Blagdon Chapel, University of Michigan

24th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Charlotte Blagdon Chapel, University of Michigan   In addition to the Hazel Hunt memorial windows, there are some smaller windows less accessible to the visitor.  These 1929 windows were designed by architectural firm Pond and Pond and fabricated by the Linden Glass Company, both of Chicago. It was the original intention of Mrs. Henderson, […]

Amulets in The Celtic World

24th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The wheel and its analogues – including the Swastika – were frequently-used symbols in the Celtic world, representing the movement of the sun across the sky. Tiny models of wheels have been found, undoubtedly of ritual significance. In practice, these models would often be worn as amuletic “good luck” symbols. Swastika marks on pottery seem […]

Amulets in Northern Europe

18th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

In Estonia, vestiges of pagan religion have been found in the form of grave goods. There was a widespread use of protective amulets and pendants, even after Christianity had begun to penetrate. As recently as the late medieval period, amulets were often placed in graves with the dead, apparently as part of a cult of […]

St.Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud, Minnesota

17th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

  Rebuilt between 1922 and 1931 this church was designed to replicate the 3rd Century basilica-style Romanesque church in Ravenna.  So it is not surprising that the architect included a number of decorative features found in Christian churches in those early centuries. Some of these decorative features incorporated representations of the early Crux Gammata, or […]

Amulets in the East

14th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

There are numerous examples of amuletic usage in the Far East involving the Swastika or its equivalent. A çakra (Sanskrit, wheel) amulet from Tibet has four Swastikas in its design, to be worn when one’s “effectiveness is impeded by adverse forces.” From a very early period the Chinese had great faith in the power of […]

An Introduction to Amulets and Talismans

11th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

Not many readers would immediately associate the Swastika with amulets. Yet the efficacy of the Swastika as an amulet or talisman was acknowledged in  a variety of contexts both sacred and secular in East and West. The numerous examples cited in the Chapter on ”Amulets” in The Fylfot File demonstrate the wide popularity of this […]

Rhode Island Congregational Church device

10th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

An interesting example of the Gammadion or Fylfot-Cross is to be found in the Central Congregational Church, Providence, Rhode Island.  Records show that the windows were installed about 1893 at the time of the church’s dedication. The dome of the church has eight stained glass oculi.   While four of them depict the Chi-Rho monogram, the other […]

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 […]