Take the 2-minute tour ×
History Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for historians and history buffs. It's 100% free, no registration required.

It seems to me that many Russian nationalists and neo-paganists currently believe that swastika was a Solar symbol or a symbol of fortune in ancient Slavic folklore.

There are multiple paintings by nationalist painters and other art that features swastika. Examples of articles which claim that swastika was an ancient Slavic symbol:

On the other hand the advocates of these theories explain the fact that swastika is not widely represented in museums of ancient Slavic culture by the claim that it is due to a conspiracy by the Bolshevicks/Jews/ZOG to hide items with swastika from the people.

So what is the reality. Was swastika ever a Slavic symbol before WWII?

share|improve this question
The title mentions the Indo-Europeans, but the body doesn't. Maybe you want to change the title? –  apoorv020 Aug 5 '12 at 7:56
Another title nit: Slavs are Indo-European. –  T.E.D. Aug 6 '12 at 14:39

1 Answer 1

The swastika symbol was used by many cultures in the history and around the world and not only among Indo-Europeans.

For example swastika is used in Far East (China, Korea) as well as the Wyandots (Wendats or Hurons) in North-America. You can find this symbol in ancien greacian poteries as well as decoration in christian churches too...

This was often view as a solar symbol but also, associated with a rhombus. The swatika as male symbol and the rhombus as female symbol.

share|improve this answer
Even in India, the earliest usage has been found in the Indus Valley Civilization --which was quite different from the later Indo European culture. –  Monster Truck Aug 5 '12 at 15:55
Yes , you're right! –  climenole Aug 5 '12 at 18:31
This does not answer my question. –  Anixx Aug 5 '12 at 23:42
@Anixx The symbol was used by many cultures all over the globe before WWII. Are you asking if it was specifically part of Indo-European culture? Given that it was used sometimes merely as decoration, does it matter if it was actually part of their culture? –  Django Reinhardt Dec 3 '12 at 0:12
It's weird when the question has more sources than the answer :-/ –  Django Reinhardt Dec 3 '12 at 0:13

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.