They believe that the symbol was, and still is, abused by nazis and should regain its original meaning, writes Guardian.
Long Island beachgoers were shocked last month by the sight of a light aircraft trailing a flag with a huge swastika on it and a web address: proswastika.org. Who was responsible for what has become a symbol of hate flying overhead and interrupting the peace of the beach? Neo-nazis? Cray provocateurs? Neither. The banner belonged to the Raelians, the world largest UFO-religion.
Raelians are not neo-nazis or far-right extremists. They believe that a race of aliens called the Elohim created Earth and passed on their knowledge to a select few ‘chosen ones’ including Moses, Jesus and Buddha. The UFO-religion and the Raelian Church was formed and established by French racing-car journalist Claude Vorilhon. They have gained than 55,000 followers worldwide and the Swastika is one of their most important symbols.
The origin of the swastika dates back to 2000 BC, when it was used in China, South Asia and even Africa. The Sanskrit sign originally symbolised peace, good luck and harmony. Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich later went on to adopt it in 1920.