When was the last time you saw someone with a Celtic or Nordic tattoo? Probably pretty often, since these are very popular designs. But did you know that such tattoos can represent a secret code helping White Supremacists identify each other? Should you approach such a person, or booth at a fair with open arms as a fellow Earth-Spirituality Pagan or could that turn into a much darker encounter?
When and how did all this come about? Actually, the Swastika was a well known symbol in antiquity, associated with the circle of life. The Nazis appropriated it as a “Broken Cross” (the Celtic Cross has four equal arms), representing their Thousand Year Rule, and so it has remained since the mid 20th Century.
The idea of the Vikings as a marauding culture of pillage and rape, all homogeneous white males of a berserker temperament, was, of course, romantic and alluring to the losers of World War II. While Nazism was no longer acceptable openly in most places, it did not mean that the scourge of rapacious, racist white nationalism had disappeared. It simply went underground under the guise of “Folklore”.
Outraged as the appropriation of an important historical era of Western civilization for destructive and hateful purposes, the world of Medieval Scholars, archaeologists, specialists, and population movements in the past have joined together to get the truth out to the public!
You can listen to this wonderful podcast from Women in Archaeology here https://womeninarchaeology.com/2019/09/22/alt-right-and-archaeology/ and get the straight answers to the hows, whys, and why nots on Nazi symbolism and the REAL answers, not the fake past the that extremists are trying to force on an unsuspecting public!
The Women in Archaeology also has an excellent bibliography on racist appropriations of the past, especially the worlds that spawned fantasy fiction and media like the Game of Thrones. Read it and follow!!!
NEW: Consult the Anti-Defamation League’s database of HATE SYMBOLS here, where you can also download a printable PDF of the same guide to symbols used by law enforcement and government agencies!
Anti-Defamation League Database of Hate Symbols