06 July 2009

Clara Bow displays the swastika as a good-luck symbol


Many years ago, while riding the MTA in Boston or public transport in Philadelphia, I looked out of a window and saw a swastika in the stonework at the top of an old building. I was reminded of that this weekend, when I encountered the above photo at the curiously-named It'll Take The Snap Out Of Your Garters (via Retrolife).

For Clara Bow and others of her generation, the swastika was a good-luck symbol that only fell out of public favor when it was co-opted by the Nazis several decades later. More details at Wiki. Some variants of the symbol, shown below, from Socyberty.


9 comments:

  1. I have a book on making Chinese decorative knots; one of the patterns offered is called the sevaustika and the author gives it a Buddhist origin.

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    1. Buddhism is derived from Vedic Brahmanism, which comes from the Vedas, who were Indo-Europeans or Aryans, the swastika has been used by many cultures for millenia, it's particularly strong among the Aryans, the european peoples who are also Indo-Europeans also use swastikas, for example the Sun cross, of Fylfot as it's known in england, the Kolovrat and the Triskelion, are all forms of swastikas. Basically Hinduism is the true religion of the Aryans, it wasn't really a religion in the past but more of a spiritual philosophy

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  2. I have never came across the Swastika symbol as you mentioned with "Hindu" in the collection presented. Hindu swastika is very similar to the "Tibet" version in your collection.

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  3. @Ambuj - After a quick search, I think I would agree with you. The link may be incorrect.

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  4. Celtic one is called just a swastick, and is present with celtic art.

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  5. I would also agree that the link is incorrect for the Hindu Swastika... It has much resemblance to the Tibetan Swastika.

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  6. No, she's actually wearing the Nazi swastika. Bow was prevailed upon while in Germany, by Hitler himself, to pose for that picture. true story.

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    1. More details here -

      http://sydneyflapper.tumblr.com/post/53971362765/missclarabow-leafwoman-i-used-to-think

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