Amid the hushed beauty on the grounds of a Buddhist temple in Seoul, this shocker:
A swastika right on the Bongeunsa temple.
So, turns out the swastika has been around longer than the Nazis.
Not by a few years.
Try 5,000. Maybe even 12,000.
Hitler got me — I thought it was his.
Is it, like, pretty much widely known that the swastika was not thought up by the Nazis?
It’s been used as a religious symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Odinism (pagan religion).
It’s also been seen on ancient artifacts in Europe.
The word comes from a Sanskrit word for ‘good fortune’ — a totally unironic meaning in most swastika uses, and an absurdly ironic meaning in only one.
I like how a Buddhist monk described to the Korean Times how the wheel-like image symbolizes the idea that the truth never stops moving: ‘We use it to signify truth, to show that nothing is stationary. Everything is impermanent. Truth is moving everywhere all the time. It is dynamic.’
So then Hitler rolls it out and starts killing millions of people.
Imagine what all those religions must have been thinking as he waved the swastika flags around.
That’s some massive SMFH.
In addition to being embarrassed at not knowing this, I’m also a little bit pissed.
Here are some last pics from the trip:
Have a good day.