Since the rise of fascism in the 1930s and 40s, the swastika has become a symbol of hatred and intolerance – but it used to be so different.
Did an evil race of Nazi aliens land on earth and carve this Swastika-shaped crop circle?
No, of course not – but it’s nevertheless led to a pretty interesting discussion online.
The enormous symbol – today synonymous with Adolf Hitler’s fascist dictatorship of the 1930 and 40s – was discovered in a field in Beckhampton, Wilthsire.
Drone footage shows how the intricate design bears a worrying resemblance to the cross-armed insignia adopted by the Nazis, which will forever be a chilling emblem for far right extremism and anti-semitism.
The crop circle in Beckhampton, near Avery, Wiltshire that looks like a Nazi swastika (Image: SWNS)
But before Hitler came to power, the Swastika meant something completely different.
Ancient mysteries author Hugh Newman, who captured the footage, spotted a Facebook post not long after the crop circle was cut.
many have been quick to point out the symbol is not the same as the one used by the Nazi party (Image: SWNS)
The 43-year-old said: “I rushed there to check it out and I met the farmer there and he was keen for me to not go into the field.
“I flew my drone over it and got some good shots.
“The big trouble of the years is who cuts these crop circles because sometimes people don’t have a clue how they ended up there, and the farmer didn’t know.
“He didn’t say much to me but he was a bit concerned by the symbol and he saw the negative connotation of it when he realised what it looked like.”
Drone footage captures the detailed design (Image: SWNS)
In ancient Sanskrit, the ‘svastika’ symbolised auspiciousness and well-being, and was used by Hindu, Buddhist and Jains for centuries.
The symbol can often be seen on Buddha statues going back thousands of years as well as on temples and houses, Mr Newman said.
Originally an equilateral cross with its four arms bent at 90 degrees, it was adopted by some western countries in the early 20th century as a symbol of good luck, but with the arms reversed and tipped to a 45 degree angle.
The swastika is today a symbol of hatred after being adopted by Adolf Hitler (Image: Isle of Wight County Press News Service)
It was this emblem that would later become the trademark of fascism.
Further differences are the ancient symbol has dots in the gaps between the lines and has round edges, compared to the blunt edges used in the Nazi flag.
Mr Newman added: “You get teams of hoaxers going around and doing crop circles without anyone’s permission and if they get caught they can be prosecuted for it.
“But some of the circles they cut are so advanced and difficult to do that it is actually land art.”
Conspiracy theorists hoping to discuss whether a fascist alien race was sending a signal of intent will be dissapointed.
So instead, here’s the trailer for 2012’s Iron Sky, a film about Nazis on the moon.