|20th Century fad: Fruit packaging, a Coca-Cola pendant, and a pack of cards, all from the US|
In the Western world the swastika is synonymous with fascism, but it goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world. As more evidence emerges of its long pre-Nazi history in Europe, can this ancient sign ever shake off its evil associations?
|A Hindu boy with a shaved head, and a giant vase at a Buddhist temple in Japan|
|Fragments of a 12th Century princess's collar|
|Left: Grecian architectural swastikas in the Kiev museum. Right: Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York)|