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Nazi Swastika backfires on UNP
In the very first attempt in a section of the rumour mill print media
OF unp, put up posters all over the city showing the Swastika. It was
a warning of the dangers of Nazi type fascism. Many of these swastika
posters were pasted directly below the face of the President on PA posters.
It was a build up to Ranil Wickremasinghe's calling the President "Hitler
Mathini" (Madam Hitler) on Thursday. But this swastika weapon boomeranged
very badly on those who organized it. What they had put up was not the
Nazi swastika, worn on the armband of Hitler and the Nazis, and the symbol
of the Nazi Party. It was the traditional Asian Swastika, which is symbol
of blessing in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, and also believed by
Buddhists to be one of the many auspicious markings found on the sole
of the Buddha.
In Buddhism, a swastika represents resignation. In Jainism, it delineates
their seventh saint, and the four arms are also used to remind the worshiper
of the four possible places of rebirth; the animal or plant world, in
Hell, on Earth, or in the spirit world. To Hindus, the swastika with the
arms bent to the left is called the sathio or sauvastika, which symbolizes
night, magic, purity, and the destructive goddess Kali. In both Hinduism
and Jainism, the swastika or sathio is used to mark the opening pages
or their account books, thresholds, doors, and offerings.
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