Contents: Preface. 1. Definitions, description, and origin: i. Different forms of the crose. ii. Names and definitions of the Swastika. iii. Symbolism and interpretation. iv. Origin and habitat. 2. Dispersion of the Swastika: i. Extreme orient. ii. Classical orient. iii. Africa. iv. Classical occident - Mediterranean. v. Europe. vi. United States of America. 3. Forms allied to the swastika: i. Meanders, Ogees, and spirals, bent to the left as well as to the right. 4. The cross among the American Indians: i. Different forms. 5. Significance of the Swastika. 6. The migration of symbols: i. Migration of the Swastika. ii. Migration of classic symbols. 7. Prehistoric objects associated with the Swastika, found in both hemispheres, and believed to have passed by migration: i. Spindle whorls. 8. Similar prehistoric arts, and implements in Europe and America as evidence of the migration of culture. Conclusion. Bibliography.
"The Swastika (Sanskrit "good luck" or "well-being", literally "it is good"). The name and first use of the swastika was first mentioned in the Vedas, the holy texts of Hinduism. However, while its name is Vedic, it appears in art and design throughout human history, symbolising many different things; such as luck, Brahma, the Hindu concept of Samsara, or Surya (the sun).
The swastika is used primarily as a symbol by Hindus, but transferred to followers of other Indic religions like Buddhists and Jainists.
In the west, the Swastika is most easily identified as the symbol of the Nazis, who believed that the early Aryans of India, from whose Vedic tradition the Swastika sprang, were the prototypical white invaders, and thus saw fit to co-opt the sign as a symbol of white unity. It has come to signify fascism outside of India due to its history in World War II." (jacket)