The association of the swastika with a passageway is underlined by the many swastika-shaped labyrinth symbols found in ancient cultures around the world,
as seen on the right.
Essentially, the swastika is a simple, geometric cipher that was used as a symbolic shorthand for the image of the labyrinth.
The labyrinth itself has a universal spiritual meaning, representing as it does the journey of life through the difficulties and illusions of the world, to the centre where a spiritual treasure, enlightenment, or heaven is attained.
The labyrinth is generally regarded as being both a womb in which something new is brought to birth, and a passageway that has to be traversed - with all its serpentine twists and turns - before the treasure at the centre can emerge.