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Swastika: - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Traditionally the swastika has been used as a symbol of good luck, welfare, prosperity or victory.
The symbol as it is used in Buddhist art and scripture is known in Japanese as a manji
(literally, "the character for eternality"), and represents Dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites. When facing left, it is the omote
, representing love and mercy. Facing right, it represents strength and intelligence, and is called the ura
It was widely used by many southwestern tribes, most notably the Navajo. Among various tribes, the swastika carried different meanings. To the Hopi it represented the wandering Hopi clan; to the Navajo it was one symbol for a whirling winds (tsil no'oli'
), a sacred image representing a legend that was used in healing rituals.