The swastika, nicht hakenkreus, is found universally in cultures throught the World. Here derives from the Mississippian Culture and was known as the whirling logs. These represented the four directions. Fire logs were laid out in a pattern in the center of a ceremonial ground. It is etched into shells in a mirror pattern (backwards from the NAZI symbol) and may be older than the culture itself. Hitler may have seen the symbol used in the military in World War I as well. SOme German pilots used a form of the swastika on their fusalages as their personal symbols (See Werner Voss’s Albatros). Whatever, the NAZIS ruined it as a religious symbol. It will now forever be a symbol of hatred.