The swastika is a symbol that takes its name from the Sanskrit ‘svastika’ meaning a lucky or promising object. It has an ancient history, with the first known examples appearing in Neolithic scripts. In Indian culture both past and contemporary, it exists as a geometrical motif and religious symbol, central to Eastern and Dharmic religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Jeremiah adopts the symbol after this fashion for the Brotherhood.

Siouxsie and swastika 1976
Public DomainSiouxsie and swastika 1976

However, it is now generally seen as a symbol of the most noxious ideology, gaining its greatest fame as the adopted symbol of the Nazi Party in Germany, where it is now outlawed. Since World War II it has been adopted by many Neo-Nazi groups and was even worn as a ‘fashion accessory’ around 1975-76, by the early instigators of punk rock who claimed to have no Nazi sympathies, but rather wore the symbol for its shock value alone. Singer Siouxsie Sioux has latterly claimed, somewhat unsatisfactorily for many, that she had worn the swastika in the spirit of “high camp - not death camp”.