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Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers---from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World

THE tales at the back of OUR ICONIC NUMBERS

Rogerson's booklet of Numbers is predicated on a numerical array of virtues, non secular attributes, gods, devils, sacred towns, powers, calendars, heroes, saints, icons, and cultural symbols.

It presents a stunning mass of data for these intrigued through the various roles numbers play in folklore and pop culture, in song and poetry, and within the many faiths, cultures, and trust platforms of our world.

The tales spread from thousands to 0: from the variety of the beast (666) to the seven lethal sins; from the twelve indicators of the zodiac to the 4 matches of a deck of playing cards. alongside the best way, writer Barnaby Rogerson will exhibit you why Genghis Khan outfitted a urban of 108 towers, how Dante solid his Divine Comedy at the quantity 11, and why 13 is so unfortunate within the West while fourteen is the quantity to prevent in China.

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The below Marshal was once accountable for the footmen and the apparatus. the normal Bearer was once one of many sergeants and charged with sporting the order’s banner. The Sergeant Brothers have been warriors who didn't have evidence of 8 quarterings of noble blood and hence had yet one horse and no squires to aid them. The Turcopoles have been neighborhood troops who may struggle along the Templars. in poor health and aged Brothers have been not healthy for lively provider yet nonetheless individuals of the Order. 15 males at the useless MAN’S CHEST Captain Flint of the Walrus lengthy John Silver ‘Blind’ David Pew Billy Bones Ben Gunn Tom Morgan task Anderson George Merry Dick Johnson Israel palms The 9 males above are the named pirates alluded to within the tune created via Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island.

They're eventually rescued via the Dearly canines, Pongo and Missis, who go away their masters within the cost of a wet-nurse, Perdita. That makes a hundred dalmatians whilst all of the puppies make it again. quantity one hundred and one seems to be Perdita’s long-lost love, Prince. a hundred strength OF a hundred 100 is a ubiquitous portion of energy and finance. If historic Greek gods have been angered, they can be appeased with the blood tub of a hecatomb – the sacrifice of a hundred oxen. 100 used to be additionally lengthy thought of the most important staff in a position to be ruled via the command of 1 guy.

70 HOLY IDIOTS OF SUFISM we aren't authorized to grasp the names of the Holy Idiots, for, in keeping with Sufi culture, ‘My saints are all less than the vaults of Heaven, no one is aware them yet I. ’ however the tale is that it's the Holy Idiots (only seventy of whom are alive at anyone time) who unfold divine love among mankind. a few are noble, a few imbecile, a few holy, a few coarse and a few pious. The Sufi additionally prefer to do not forget that even the Prophet felt the necessity to pray for forgiveness seventy occasions an afternoon; that the Prophet recited the Koran seventy instances on his mystical trip throughout the heavens; and that 70,000 veils of notion stand among God and the believer.

It used to be Mozart (who wrote twenty-one string quartets) who perfected the shape, utilizing violin, violas and a cello, notwithstanding a few argue that with the addition of a 3rd viola and the composition of his six string quintets he created his so much real voice. THE QUADRIVIUM mathematics song Geometry Astronomy The Quadrivium (‘Four Paths’) used to be the conventional department of medieval studying. It was once first outlined within the 6th century advert and ruled the highbrow mind's eye of Europe for the following thousand years.

A few cultures made this right into a Saturnalia-like carnival, the place the traditional roles of society have been reversed; others deemed it a requisite time for sacrifice. thirteen tools OF the fervour Torch of Malchus (and his ear bring to a halt through Peter) Pilate’s Jug and Bowl Pillar on which Christ was once certain Whip Crown of Thorns pass Nails Sponge of Gall Lance handbag round Judas’s neck Cock that crowed 3 times Ladders and pincers on the deposition cube forged by means of the warriors those have been well known from the 13th century as heraldic logos of the fervour, even though their quantity can develop with the addition of the Holy serviette, Saint Peter’s sword, a Blindfold, a hand extraordinary and a head spitting.

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