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New Meetup: Swastika Drum Circle

From: Ty
Sent on: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:54 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for NOLA Rhythm Drum Circle!

What: Swastika Drum Circle

When: Wednesday, September 15,[masked]:00 PM

Where: City Park, NOMA
1 Lelong Drive
New Orleans, LA 70119

This is not a gathering for the skinheads that may reside in this meetup :) In 1935, Nazi Germany retired their old flag in favor of a new one, sporting the oh-so-snazzy and stylish swastika, known throughout Asia (including Persia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, etc.) as the symbol of auspicious, or lucky, circumstance. It is marked on anything (clothes, foreheads, etc.) to invoke good luck for some thing/one. Through the trade routes of antiquity, this symbol spread from Persia to Eastern Europe, and was adopted by the Greeks and Etruscans, both of which were conquered by the Romans, who adopted the symbol for themselves. It also spread to the Celts (through the Greeks) and finally, the Germans (through the Celts and the Romans).

This historical spread is just speculation. It was certainly used in all these areas, but it doesn't really explain how Native Americans used it long before contact with Europeans. However, in relation to the Nazies, Adolf Hitler personally describes how he developed the idea for the flag in Mein Kamf. The red symbolizes the social aspect of Germany, the white symbolizes the national aspect, and the swastika itself symbolizes luck, success, and victory.

Now, after that little tour of history...

We will be meeting at City Park in between the New Orleans Museum of Art and Big Lake. There are several benches right there, so just peruse them to find people with drums. Definitely bring a drink for yourself, your instrument, and your chair, and hang out. We'll improvise some rhythms, learn some common ones, and talk and catch up. We always have a good time, and with the weather turning, it's becoming really pleasant in the park.

So come join us. We start at 6 PM and go until sunset.

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