Swastika is an ancient solar symbol common to many Indo-European coultures (European, Iranic, Indian). In Europe swastika was most common in eastern European. Unfortunately, German Nazi adopted and discredited the symbol.

Ukrainian easter egg

From old Ukrainian vyshyvanka

 This is from old Belarusian woven fabric.

All east European cultures had this symbol.  In Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian traditional cultures the symbols was common.   Some people decided to use ‘kolovrat’ term instead of swastika due to negative association with the term swastika. Some  avoid it altogether because Germany Nazi used it.

As for neo-pagans I don’t mind them creating new symbols giving them certain names. I don’t like neo-pagans attributing the recently made-up symbols to our ancestors who never had these symbols. 


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