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[–] existentialenso 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm not saying it necessarily means anything, just that it isn't something that I think is reasonable to be so quick to dismiss, like the author of these articles is. It should at least raise a slight bit of suspicion, even if it truly is benign.

The swastika's origins as a Sanskrit symbol isn't really a fair comparison since the other use is also very well known. Anyone who knows anything at all about Eastern religions isn't going to think Nazi when they see it in that context.

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[–] pizzaparallel 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ok, fair enough. I just don't think heart symbols should immediately be presumed to be linked with pedophiles.

Of course Japanese people don't think the symbol means something related to Nazis. It has been used as a symbol of good health and well-being for a long time. I would argue that the swastika's origins as a Sanskrit symbol are not so well known because despite this, there is actually talk about changing the symbol on maps because so many foreigners think it's the Nazi symbol. The perceived similarity to the infamous symbol doesn't make Japanese temples symbols of Nazi support any more than hearts on stuffed animals indicate support of pedophilia.