The fylfot is an ancient symbol well known in the science of coats of arms and the other details of heraldry. It is sometimes known as the cruz dissimulata, found in the catacombs of Rome, and forms one of the symbols of the Degrees of Prince of Mercy, Scottish Rite system. It is a form of the Swastika. This symbol is also called the Jaina Cross and is used by several Orders. It is found in the abbeys of Great Britain and on the monuments of India. Its significations are many. This cross was adopted by the Jainas, a heterodox sect of the Hindu's, who dissent from Brahmanism and deny the Vedas, and whose adherents are found in every province of Upper Hindustan. They are wealthy and influential, and form an important division of the population of India. This symbol is also known as the fylfot or swastika. It is a religious symbol mentioned by Weaver in his Funeral Monuments, by Dr. H. Schliemann as having been found in the presumed ruins of Troy, by De Rossi and others in the catacombs of Christian Rome, and there termed the Cruz dissimulata, or concealed cross. It has been found on almost every enduring monument on the globe, of all ages, and in both hemispheres.

See also: Jaina Cross

A report on the Swastika, presented by Thomas Wilson Curator, Department of Prehistoric Anthropology, U.S. National Museum, in 1894, is reproduced by the Northvegr Foundation. This report was made long before the misuse of this holy symbol by the Nazi's and you will find an unprejudiced presentation of the Swastika and it's history. Read it here and learn the true history of this holy symbol.

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