The hammer and sickle on the coat of arms of the USSR is one of the most recognized symbols of Soviet power.
The history of its origin is full of secrets and mysteries.
Freemasonry, Hinduism and ancient Aryan and Slavic mythology are found in the two crossed implements of the soviet emblem.
What do the Soviet hammer and sickle mean?
The hammer and sickle are the symbol of communism, but they did not exist in Marx's time.
It was gradually adopted after the Russian revolution, first in demonstrations and by the Red Army, and then adopted as the official symbol of the Soviet Union in 1922.
Its symbolism is extremely simple: a hammer, to represent industrial workers and a sickle, to represent the peasantry
The republic of workers and peasants could see the main tool of their work as the insignia of their country and its movement.
It may have represented a lie, but a lie to which the symbol served as a constant reproach.
And, as a symbol, it was clearly an intelligent, memorable and easy choice to scribble on the walls, as any visitor from Naples or Athens can attest.
It also serves as a useful reproach to the idea that communism and Nazism were fundamentally identical.
The swastika, the Nazi version, dates from the same era, and was first used in 1919 by the Freikorps, the far-right mercenaries that the German Social Democrats used to repress their communist opponents.
The swastika literally represents very little but, the sickle and the hammer said, without ambiguity, that the workers and the peasants should govern.
It was also perhaps the first truly international political symbol from the tricolor and its permutations, or perhaps more pertinent, from the Christian cross.
Many communist parties used the hammer and sickle to declare their adherence to a creed that sought to abolish nations altogether.
In fact, this style was so successful that many other organizations used similar symbols until the 1980 decade.
The Russian philosopher Alexei Losev made the following assessment about the hammer and sickle:
"It is a symbol that drives the masses and is not simply a symbol, but is a technical-constructive principle for human actions and volitions. Here we see the symbol of the unity of the workers and peasants, the symbol of the Soviet state "
However, in several religions, the sickle is interpreted as a symbol of death.
In fact during the Middle Ages, death was represented by a sickle.
It is impressive how people who seek power or those in power can play so easily with the minds of a vast majority who yearn for the freedom, justice and equality.
Throughout history, both those who favor the side of socialism and those who speak of democracy and capitalism have sought to manipulate a majority that still does not think for themselves.
It is hard to believe that history will not be repeated at some point, because if something is certain, it tends to be cyclical, only that sometimes when it fails to repeat itself in one place, it simply seeks another destination where it can be set.