Essay:The Swastika Vs. The Hakenkreuz
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The swastika and the hakenkreuz are two separate symbols.
Though the hakenkreuz is technically a type of swastika, the hakenkreuz is specifically the version of the swastika co-opted, developed, and utilized by the Nazis. The hakenkreuz was on the flag of the Nazi Party and Nazi Germany.
The swastika, in contrast, has been used by many Dharmic religions, and is a symbol of peace, love, and unity. The swastika is used on Buddhist temples, ritually painted on the shaven heads of Hindus, and is used in a variety of other cultural contexts. In East Asia, the swastika is not considered offensive.