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Mary in Ohio

I used Google but could not come up with a lodge that had a swastika as a symbol - except one in California at the turn of the (last) century. For all the hysterical statements about the Masons, it isn't them. My dad and Grampa and Uncle Ralph were no dummies, but I have a hard time picturing them as The Illuminati planning to take over the world, financed by the treasures of the Knights Templar. So what lodge did Mr Churchill belong to ?

Mike Peterson

There's about 18 inches of snow on the ground, so I didn't go beyond the path, but I've assumed IOOF. I suspect the lodge bought up a corner or somehow got a lot of members to pony up at the same time, because there's a cluster of stones with the three links, but among them are some with swastikas. I haven't seen any with both, but proximity suggests the Odd Fellows.

Masons are scattered throughout the cemetery, identified by the traditional sign, but I haven't seen swastikas except in that one area

No Foresters. Too bad -- I like their little tree stumps.

Boise Ed

Here's an interesting page about pre-nazi swastikas: http://www.mallstuffs.com/Blogs/BlogDetails.aspx?BlogId=371&BlogType=Spiritual&Topic=swastika%20in%20graveyards%20and%20tombstones I was surprised to see the prevalence in Vietnam.

Mike Peterson

That is interesting -- I'll bet you'd find it on plenty of Indian, Burmese and Khmer temples as well. Not sure anyone will be able to reclaim it, at least not in Europe and North America, tilted or otherwise.

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