Saturday, March 02, 2013
Falun Dafa Swastika
Saturday morning in Civic Center Plaza, banners with swastikas surrounded by yin-yang symbols were flapping in the breeze.
They lined the edge of the dirt section of the central plaza where Falun Gong participants occasionally gather and perform their slow, Tai Chi like exercises and meditations to what sounds like recorded Chinese New Age music.
Though the swastika symbol is as ancient as humanity, originating in India and spreading through Asia over the centuries, Hitler's rebranding of the reversed icon to symbolize the Third Reich has triumphed in the Western imagination over the last 75 years. It gives most of us the heebie-jeebies just to run across the symbol, and it was strange stumbling across swastikas in front of City Hall.