I have no wish to reignite the board’s many swastika debates (though you can find my strongly held opinion on the matter in the linked threads); however, I saw something very odd this weekend and I wonder if anyone can shed some light on it.
I was in Coventry Cathedral on Sunday, and saw a tomb of Bishop Huyshe Wolcott Yeatman-Biggs who died in 1922. On the band around his mitre are three distinct swastikas. Here’s a pic of one of them. Note that they are also pointing in the same direction as the Nazi symbol.
Anyone have any ideas about the semiotics of the swastika in a Christian context? I’ve googled, and while many people mention the swastikas, nobody says what it symbolises.
(N.B. his effigy is holding a model of the mediaeval cathedral: he was responsible for its restoration. Why are there raindrops on his effigy in my picture? Because his tomb lies in cathedral that was burned to the ground by Nazi incendiary bombs. Now that’s irony.)