The earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.
Indo European nations in this case the Slavs and Vedic culture of Indo-Aryans attached great importance to the cross-like objects in history. The Swastika, known in Slavic world as Kolovrat was a sacred symbol that carried a huge significance in Early Slavic culture.
Swastika or Kolovrat symbolised infinite values in our culture for example from mythological aspect the spinning wheel symbolised the infinity and repeating the cycle (the fight between Slavic Gods Perun and Veles) in fight between Good and Evil.
Kolovrat and Swastika also beside the never ending cycle symbolised the … Sun, that grants us life and warmth. Just as among other Indo-European cultures as Germanic, Latin, Celtic, Vedic (Indian) and early, pre-arabic Iran, among Slavs some of the oldest examples of Slavic Kolovrat Swastikas have been found in Ukraine.
There are also early Indo-European Slavs with these symbols found in Tarim Basin in China – mummies of proto-Slav.
The Tarim mummies are a series of mummies discovered in the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang, China, which date from 1900 BCE to 200 CE. Some of the mummies are frequently associated with the presence of the Indo-European Tocharian languages in the Tarim Basin, although the evidence is not totally conclusive. Research into the subject has attracted controversy, due to ethnic tensions in modern day Xinjiang.
There have been concerns whether DNA results could affect claims by Uyghur peoples of being indigenous to the region. In comparing the DNA of the mummies to that of modern day Uyghur peoples, Victor H. Mair’s team found some genetic similarities with the mummies, but no direct links, stating that “modern DNA and ancient DNA show that Uighurs, Kazaks, Krygyzs, the peoples of Central Asia are all mixed Caucasian and East Asian… the modern and ancient DNA tell the same story.”
He concludes that the mummies are Caucasoid, likely speakers of an Indo-European language; that East Asian peoples “began showing up in the eastern portions of the Tarim Basin about 3,000 years ago… while the Uighur peoples arrived after the collapse of the Orkon Uighur Kingdom, largely based in modern day Mongolia, around the year 842.
In other words the Swastika and Kolovrat constantly evolved during their history, each Indo-European group developed their own types over time. Unlike the Christian Cross with it’s fixed design, the Swastika and Kolvorat evolved and today this is the reason so many archaeological excavations find different varieties of this once magical symbols, in other words like life, sun or spinning wheel Kolovrat is in constant cycle and it changes.
The so called moving cross of Indo-European populations today is displayed in rich variety of graphic forms and coloration’s. In Slavic mythology the Swastika or Kolovrat was also called the “little sun” and in the early phases of Slavic Pagans it was the symbol of the Sun God = ,Svarog’ (in Polish also ,Swarożyc’).
Wooden Slavic monuments called “Idols” were usually depictions of Slavic gods and on most of these Idols Slavs used to engrave them with Swastika.
Swastika or Kolovrat as a symbol was first published in the book “Prasłowiańskie motywy architektoniczne” (In english: “Early Slavic Architectural Motifs”) back in 1923 by a Polish painter Stanisław Jakubowski after his inspection of the early Slavic symbolism found from various historical sources.
Embroidery among Slavs is one of the oldest crafts and in history Kolovrat was one of the most common symbols. Today there Kolvorat as a symbol is gaining large popularity among neo-pagan Slavic groups holding Kolovrat as the symbol of their identity. Many neo-Nazi groups also use these symbols which makes Kolovrat symbol usage dubious and matter of on going discussion so many country ban usage of Nazi Germany Swastika and punish the usage of the same by law, however Swastika symbol (such as Kolovrat) and similar version are allowed as religious and historical symbol for usage to anyone. The swastika as a religious and cultural symbol is not the property of the Germans only, but it is widely known and respected symbol in the whole Europe and Asia. Confusing this fact with the period of World War II is a mistake, just as Hitler mistaken many things about Slavs.