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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Nazi in Korea?!

At first glance, this man's ring looks like the Nazi symbol... but here's a piece of history for ya: 

The Swastica symbol dates back to the 5th Millennium BC.  To Buddhists in Korea, the symbol represents dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites.  

Did you know the swastika symbol was popular as a good luck or religious/spiritual symbol in the United States before its association with Nazi Germany?  The symbol is actually still on a bunch of historic buildings, including sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

So, long story short, Hitler adopted this symbol from the Buddhist, who have used it for years and flipped the symbol in the opposite direction and called it his own!  So, this man, who I spotted on the bus this afternoon, is not a Nazi at all, but rather a Buddhist... one who likes GIANT GOLD RINGS!

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