Although today the swastika can evoke negative emotions, the original meaning of this ancient sacred symbol is one of life and prosperity. It goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world. In fact, the official State Symbol of New Mexico is known as the “lost symbol," the swastika. Though the symbol was eventually replaced by the Zia sun symbol in the wake of Nazi oppression, the swastika once featured prominently in New Mexico iconography, appearing on all highway signs and state flags, as well as on the logo of New Mexico State University’s yearbook. You will find swastikas on the exterior of downtown's KiMo Theatre and Federal Building (5th St and Gold Avenue).


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