ManWoman – Savior of the Swastika

Covered in around 200 swastika tattoos, ManWoman welcomes pilgrims to his Swastika Museum and tries to “detoxify” the hated symbol used by Hitler.

Born to a Polish immigrant mother, at the start of World War 2, ManWoman (Manny, for short) hated the swastika as much as any other westerner. But that all changed when he turned 27 and started having bizarre visions involving the symbol. During these mystical experiences, Manny appeared as a half-man half-woman (thus the weird name) surrounded by a white light that represented everything good: love, peace, god, eternity. An old man would appear and mark his neck and arms with swastikas, instructing him to reclaim the sacredness of the ancient symbol.

At the time he didn’t know much about the history of the swastika, just that it was a symbol of evil, used by the Nazis. After some thorough research he learned the crooked mark dates back to the year 4000 BC and was associated with many religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. The Sanskrit word “svastika” means “conducive to well being”.

That’s when re realized his destiny and started a quest to make the swastika known to the world as the sacred symbol it was before being tainted by Nazis. He got his first swastika tattoo in 1969 and, over the years, gathered an inked collection of over 200.

Although there are those knocking on his door, asking to see the Swastika Museum he set up in his own home, most people still feel uncomfortable around him, associating him with the terror of the Holocaust. He is aware the war to restore the sacredness of the swastika is far from over, but he presses on.

via Bizarre

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  • Unknown Posted on October 25, 2009

    I’m sure the skulls and the central horned skull on his chest doesn’t exactly ease people’s nervousness of him or help his cause…

  • Qwerty Posted on November 24, 2009

    I’m positive this guy has no wife/girlfriend or friends.

  • Tam Posted on August 16, 2010

    This is my moms cousin, he’s a wonderful artist and the nicest person you’ll ever meet. He is also married….

  • Anna Posted on February 4, 2011

    I see this guy around he is a great supporter of the arts and also attended a convention in Amsterdam this last year for tattoos and talked about his research on swastikas. He is a really great guy that had the balls to stand up for something he truly believed in.

    as for the skull on his chest its his body to do whatever with, if he wasn’t using it go let people know what a swastika really means than it wouldn’t be a big deal. Get over it.

    Plus CBC did a show on him a number of years ago where he gave a tour of his house, it’s pretty neat.

  • MrTouchy Posted on May 23, 2011

    Seems to me like he has a lot of repressed hatred. I know the swastika has had multiple meanings throughout history, but you can’t just ignore all of WWWII. I don’t doubt that he is a nice person, but he is also probably mentally ill, or repressing some kind of anger. By tattooing his whole body with a taboo symbol he is also deliberately making himself into a target for the anger of other people. Ever thought of that?

  • nathalie Posted on May 29, 2011

    anyone that cant see the picture here is either not very smart / very ignorant.I admire alot what this man is doing, altho i could not do it myself, i only have one swastika on my body but i really apreciate what he is trying to do : SWASTIKAS ARE NOT A BAD SYMBOL.not everyone is so closeminded as the people who gave comments here.how judging are you to presume this man is not married or doesnt have any friends just by the way he looks? thats the same as racisme. dont judge a book by it s cover folks

  • deis Posted on June 19, 2011

    MrTouchy, what can I say. Mentally ill? Do you mean depressed/schizophrenic/bi-polar/etc?

  • Loki Posted on August 7, 2011

    This man, please relay to him he must watch Ancient Aliens, it’s a series that is on instant play on Netflix right now but I’m sure you can find it on you tube as well. There are two seasons of it and will provide plentiful information on his visions. I see the elongated skull tattoos also, and I know exactly what he is seeing. HE IS NOT CRAZY. For those of you who thinks he is, you are ignorant.