Baltic Putter with Swastika - Page 3
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I also have a putter exactly as described. No, I am not a racist, Nazi sympathizer, or anything remotely associated with it. I also have a curiosty about the history of this putter which was given to me by my stepfather before he passed away several years ago (no, he was not German or a Nazi sympathizer either). I am an avid golfer (retired now) that just wants to know something about the history of this putter.
Holy crap guys ... the reactionary to knowledge ratio here is pretty high.
Swastikas are still common all over Asia as Budhist and Hindu symbols.
I lived in Taipei for awhile and you could tell the vegetarian Budhist restaurants by the giant red swastikas on their signs.
It doesn't surprise that they were used on goods in the west prior to WWII.
I found this thread on Google and I just had to register and chime in.
The swastika as a Baltic symbol has absolutely nothing to do with Nazism. It's an ancient symbol which played a great role in Baltic mythology and culture hundreds and hundreds of years before WW2 and it's use on that golf putter has nothing to do with Nazism.
It was an Indian symbol (no, Indian as in the Asian country of India, not Native American, who the hell started talking about Native Americans? LOL) before it came to Lithuania and the Balts and is often used in Asian countries with no connection to Nazism whatsoever.
It is sometimes drawn pointing in either one direction or the other, there is no "good" way of drawing it as opposed to a supposed "bad Nazi" way of drawing it.
It is an inherently positive symbol that was stolen and abused by the Nazis and has to be taken BACK. People need to stop associating it with negativity and be aware of it's real origins. Nazis can go to hell.
A lot of people here have obviously not even read the wikipedia page about the symbol, so please do that: