WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE?

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Meander-Greek Key

The meander motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. The motif is also known as Greek key or Greek fret. 

Meander was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth – indeed – a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key. 

Meander symbolizes as well the bonds of friendship, of love and devotion and that’s the reason it’s often given as marriage gift. It can symbolize as well the four cardinal points, the 4 seasons, waves – especially in the round version of it, or snakes, among others.

Do you see a swastika?

Hallmark Yanks ‘Swastika’-Themed Wrapping Paper

Greeting Giant Sorry for Resemblance to Nazi Symbol

 By Reuters

Hallmark Cards Inc, the purveyor of products that it says “make the world a more caring place,” was pulling gift wrap from U.S. stores after a complaint that the paper appears to display a swastika, a symbol associated with the persecution of Jews.

Hallmark issued an apology on Tuesday and said that the blue and silver wrapping paper was designed to represent a type of vessel, and any similarity to a swastika was unintentional. The company said the pattern has been in the company’s reference archives for several years.

Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell said a customer in California first raised the issue, seeing a swastika image in a series of intersecting lines featured on the holiday paper.

“As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we began taking steps to remove the gift wrap from all store shelves and we will ensure the pattern is not used on any product formats going forward,” a company statement said. “We sincerely apologize for this oversight and for any unintended offense.”

Hallmark did not answer a question about how much paper was involved in the recall.

“The priority is communicating with retailers about removing the current version from shelves,” Odell said.

Roughly 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Germany during World War Two, and the swastika is seen by many as a symbol of support for the Nazis.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark, which is privately owned, has roughly $4 billion in annual revenue from sales of greeting cards, gift wrap and other products sold in 100 countries.

RELATED

Walgreens Hanukkah Wrapping Paper Has Swastikas

By Anne Cohen

NBC  Nothing says Happy Holidays like Nazi-themed wrapping paper.

Cheryl Shapiro was shopping in the Northridge, California, Walgreens’ Hanukkah section when she came across something odd — something swastika-shaped. Shapiro, who was in the store with her grandson, was outraged.

“I told them I wanted this taken off the shelves immediately – not just your store, but national,” Shapiro said. “I was really putting my foot down because I was appalled by this.”

“I came home and I spoke to my rabbi. He couldn’t believe it,” she continued. “I’m still very upset about it, that something like this could be on the market.”

NBC4 Los Angeles reports that Walgreens is “looking into” the incident, but that the local store has removed the offending item from its shelves.

UPDATE The international Raelian movement has issued a statement calling for the item to be placed back in stock.

“We feel outraged by Walgreen’s decision and ask for this gift wrapping paper to be made available again,” said Raelian Guide Thomas Kaenzig, who is also president of an organization known as the ProSwastika Alliance.

“The swastika is still a holy symbol for billions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Raelians,” Kaenzig explained. “Long before it was unjustly hijacked by Hitler and the Nazis for ill purposes, it was revered for thousands of years as a religious symbol and a sign of good will. It can be found worldwide in architectural features and decorative ornamentation of all kinds, including in Jewish synagogues. It can even be found in many places in Israel. [See www.proswastika.org/israel]

“It’s unacceptable for us to see a major U.S. retail chain ban this symbol that is so dear to billions around the world,” Kaenzig said. “Would Walgreens dare to remove gift wrapping containing crosses if a Native American complained that his culture suffered enormously under the Christian cross? And what about an African American whose ancestors died at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan in front of a burning cross?”

“Why this double-standard?” he asked. “In the name of Raelians, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Native Americans and others around the world for whom the swastika conveys only its beautiful ancient meaning, we demand that Walgreens swiftly reintroduce this wrapping paper,” Kaenzig said. “And we ask that Walgreens also issue an apology to the millions of people right here in the United States for whom this symbol is sacred.”

In the words of William Shakespeare ….

Much Ado About Nothing!

4 Comments

  1. Steve Brown said,

    December 10, 2014 at 20:09

    it does look a bit crappy

  2. mikael said,

    December 10, 2014 at 21:54

    The swastika isnt always portrayed rightly, this is in its sence correct, but the swastika is to be considered in real terms with an aksel thrue as a wheel. As the spinning wheels in Buddism.

    And its then becoming a 3d prodjection of motion, the 7 arrow is an Native american narrative, the orthodox cross is the same, but have, instead of the ordinary gross, witch all symbolises the same, the universe aka reality.
    The orthodox cross have the 7th arrow as well, the one that is drawn on a slight angle, upto 45 deg. and shorter than the other parts.
    Thats the 7 arrow.
    Thats us.
    The maker of this reality, but born into a webb of life, we arent alone, we arent the only one setting up this reality, its a collective consciousness of proportions, totaly bonkers to you, so i leave it there.
    I dont know why, I do understand, the bollocs assosiated to it by some obscure sects pimping their own narratives about reality and history.

    The Othrodox cross is a 3 d prodjection of the 2d prodjection of the Kabbalah(the tree of life, as the ancient Yggdrasil), witch is also largly missunderstud and generaly people knows nothing about it, its attace far more to it whan what You can even imagine.
    The truth is simple, we all are light, manifested as matter, stuck between a duality, where the one side is becomed dominante, totaly, and the other side gone completaly, drowned in a mindless intellectual drivel, without expirience, you will never grow.
    The weild is sett there, not to protect us, but to protect the universe, from primitive, materialsitic driwen creature.
    A barbaric creature, a world we have lived in for centurys.
    Whom have lost their way for eons ago.

    The sole difference bewten god and evil, is the work to gett it, to destroy and plunder is easy, the lazy scoundrells way, the destroyer of human intellect, witch is and have capacitys you cant even imagine.
    That road is harder, intellectualy a walk on thorns, your mind, is hammered as to be encirceled with thorns.
    The road getts even harder and harder, but if you are a true warrior of peace and justice, and belives in the other side and its rewards of begin a entety of light and consciousness, to learn to love life, despite the onslaughts of reality.
    Things getts controllable, your mind easyer, to reflect over issues easyer and so on, you arent collored anymore, and thereby free, to engage the will at you chusing.
    Our mother earth rewards callangings, to push your consciousness to new realms and fealings, and you also learn, dont forgett that.
    Its in the end, about letting the past go.

    Fear not God, he is a God of mercy, fear what You do/not do, while Here.
    Because, thats what matters in the end.

    My God, only asks One question,
    WHAT did You do to others.
    Do You Understand.

    peace

  3. Tom said,

    December 10, 2014 at 22:21

    Yes. I do see a swastika in the Meander. And I’m Latino.

    There’s another thing. In the pic of the wallpaer above, there is no swastika. But in other sites, the wallpaper shown, DOES have a swastika.

  4. R Davis said,

    December 14, 2014 at 04:40

    The swastika also known as the gammadion cross or cross cramponnee – it is also a Chinese character – considered to be a very scared & auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism – the earliest swastika known was found in Ukraine, 100.000 BC – Ancient Roman mosaics – Indus Vally, Pakistan – Byzantine church in Israel – a decoration on a bowl in Ancient Samarra , Iraq – a window in Ethiopia – an ancient Kshetrapala shrine in Jabalpur ….
    in fact if you looked you could find the swastika pattern several times on an electric circuit board.
    The swastika is just a geometric pattern & this was an over reaction.


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