This week I felt shock when I first saw the scene pictured at the top of this post. I had to remind myself I was in southern Spain, and not South Carolina.
Maybe this is just bad taste fancy dress. Then I saw whole families dressed up.
I'm in Seville during Holy Week. There are parades going on all week with hundreds of people wearing pointed hats called Capirotes.
I had a similar feeling of shock when I first saw a swastika on a shrine in Japan.
The swastika is an ancient religious icon that can appear clockwise or counter-clockwise. In Japan the 卍 symbol is called the Manji.
Its misappropriation by the Nazis makes it a symbol that has largely been retired in the Western world. It's still widely used in some Eastern cultures, with peaceful connotations. I've seen it in India, as well as Japan.
Maps, including Google's maps, represent Japanese temples with the Manji symbol.
Out of deference to the sensibilities of visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, some maps are being revised. The Manji is being replaced with a Pagoda symbol.
I'm left wondering about the times I am oblivious to the local meaning(s) of cultural iconography.
Note: I downloaded the shrine picture from Wikimedia Commons. I couldn't find a good example in my photo collection.