Tuesday, March 21, 2006


I have to admit that back when I first saw the symbol for a Buddhist temple, I did do a double-take.

1 comment:

  1. went on a guided tour of asakusa on sunday - and you know what?
    the buddhist sign & the nazi symbol come from the same roots.
    apparently, the mark comes from Aryan culture, which somehow went to India which then turned Buddhist.
    then several million (thousand? hundred? never too good on history...)
    years later, mt nazi comes along and thinks, 'oh, i like this sign, and it represents the aryan race'
    and hey presto...

    somehow, somewhere along the line the signs got reversed...so they're not exactly the same.

    bear in mind i was having my tour in japanese so i may have lost something in translation but that's the gyst...


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