Gammadion

Gammadion

The gammadion, or rather the tetra-gammadion, is an ancient symbol also known as swastika. The name "gammadion" comes from the fact that it can be seen as being made up of four Greek gamma (Γ) letters. Ancient Greek priestesses would tattoo the symbol, along with the tetraskelion, on their bodies. Ancient Greek architectural designs are replete with the interlinking symbol.

In alchemy, the gammadion was used to symbolise the four cardinal corners of the world and the guardianship of this world.

In modern times, western mainstream associates Nazi-era Germany and the Nazi Party with it, however the swastika is being used in many other contexts; see the article on the swastika.

ee also

*Fylfot
*Swastika
*Triskelion
*Sauwastika


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  • gammadion — (n.) swastika like figure formed of four capital gammas, Medieval Greek gammadion, dim. of Gk. gamma (see GAMMA (Cf. gamma)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gammadion — Gam*ma di*on, n. A cross formed of four capital gammas, formerly used as a mysterious ornament on ecclesiastical vestments, etc. See {Fylfot}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammadĭon — (mit vier Gamma [╬]), mit, ein Kreuz darstellenden Figuren gewirktes Zeug; häufig als Gewand griechischer Bischöfe …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • gammadion — [gə mā′dē ən] n. pl. gammadia [gə mā′dēə] 〚MGr, dim. < Gr gamma〛 a figure made by four capital gammas radiating from a center; esp., a swastika * * * …   Universalium

  • gammadion — [gə mā′dē ən] n. pl. gammadia [gə mā′dēə] [MGr, dim. < Gr gamma] a figure made by four capital gammas radiating from a center; esp., a swastika …   English World dictionary

  • gammadion — Fyllot Fyl lot, n. [Prov. fr. AS. fy?erf?te, fierf?te, fe[ o]werf?te. See {Four}, and {Foot}, n.] A rebated cross, formerly used as a secret emblem, and a common ornament. It is also called {gammadion}, and {swastika} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gammadion — Swastika Swas ti*ka, Swastica Swas ti*ca, n. [Also {suastica}, {svastika}, etc.] [Skr. svastika, fr. svasti walfare; su well + asti being.] A symbol or ornament in the form of a Greek cross with the ends of the arms at right angles all in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammadion — Hinduistisch indische Darstellung Eine Swastika (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक, m., svastika, „Glücksbringer“) ist ein Kreuzsymbol mit winkeligen oder gebogenen Enden. Solche Symbole sind in zahlreichen Formen seit etwa 6.000 Jahren auf vier Kontinenten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gammadion — noun A swastika …   Wiktionary

  • gammadion — gam·ma·di·on …   English syllables


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