World is bound by superstitions, it is related to all things you could imagine. Be it elderly wisdom that’s seeping in through ages, or superstitions related to customs and culture followed by some countries and places, superstitions related to animals, language, numbers and what not. But our entire focus today is on Superstitions about numbers all over the world.
Friday, 13th, tetra phobia, 111, 666.
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There are every kind of believes related to numbers, some are considered to be lucky and some not.
Read the list of superstitious numbers, why they’re considered so and what country they originated from.
Top 6 Superstitions About Numbers All Over The World
1. Superstitious Number 13
If you makes faces or try to avoid anything that’s numbered or labelled 13, then you’re a victim of Triskaidekaphobia, fear of number 13. Many companies or buildings try to avoid this number either neglecting it or coming up with the alternatives.
Like there’s no floor 13 on a building, where 13 is considered as unlucky.
Like, 13 guests at a dining table is considered unlucky.
And, when coupled with Friday, I mean, “Friday, 13th” is considered as one of the most unluckiest day of the month. Fear of “Friday, 13th” is termed as paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Well, to tell you the truth, “13” and “Friday, 13th”, I’ve been a victim of both. Truly the unluckiest number and the day for me.
If you’d Google Search a little bit, you’d be surprised to know about all the mis-happenings related to the number 13.
2. Superstitious Number 666
Fear of the devil number 666 is termed as Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, Number of the Beast. Sorry, throwing in big terms every then and now.
In Bible, John the Apostle refers 666 as the “number of the beast“. Where beast is some Anti-Christ. So the “number of the beast” has its origin from Bible.
Many people across the world believed in Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, and had tried to avoid it altogether.
A prominent example is Nancy and Ronald Reagan who, in 1989, when moving to their home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles after the 1988 election, had its address—666 St. Cloud Road—changed to 668 St. Cloud Road.
3. Superstitious Number 4
People from many countries believed in the fear of number 4, some countries and regions including East Asian and Southeast Asian regions such as China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam have tried their best to avoid anything to do with the number 4.
Fear of 4, is termed as Tetraphobia.
Their believes revolves around the fact that number 4 in their language sounds like a negative number or something which is not considered auspicious. Different countries have their own believes, their languages, but number somehow, call it co-incident; the fear of number 4 makes sense to all the countries aforementioned.
I’ll tell you, why.
The Chinese word for four, i.e. pinyin sounds quite similar to the word “death”. Hence the belief, the fear of number 4, Tetraphobia.
Similarly, Japanese turns away their head when they’re faced with anything number of labelled “4”. The Japanese word for 4 is pronounced as shi, which is a word for “death”. Same is the case with number 9, which sounds similar to the word “suffering”, in Japanese language.
Some examples to consider includes, that you’ll not find any fourth floor, not exactly, but when it comes to labelling. They’ll skip every instance of 4(4, 14, 24…) in labelling things like building floors, car license number.
4. Superstitious Number 39
It’s not only the westerners which are in some stern belief over superstitions related to numbers, but some parts in Central Southern Asia, have their phobias related to numbers.
In Afghanistan, 39 is considered as a badge of shame, cursed, or something which is linked to prostitution. The number is said to translate into morda-gow, literally meaning “dead cow“.
When considered in examples, some 39-year-old Afghans would refer their age as “one less 40” or “one year to 40”, just to avoid any instance of cursed number 39.
Same goes for the Vehicle Registration plates, Cell phone numbers, house number and more.
Once incident associated with the number 39 resulted in killing of two people in Afghanistan 2010 parliamentary elections.
5. Superstitious Number 17
Number 17 is considered as unlucky number in Italy. Some would even term it as Italian equivalent of unlucky number 13.
Phobia related to number 17 bores from the Rome culture, where it’s written as “XVII”. And when the Rome numeral is jumbled to make “VIXI”, it’s there it turns to be evil. “VIXI” is Latin for “I have lived” or “My life is over”. You’ll most likely find it on many Roman headstones.
And when number 17 is written Arabic numerals, it resembles a man hanging from a gallows.
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But, number 13 is considered as a lucky charm in Italy. Like 13 guests at a dinner table is perfectly alright and is welcomed with gaiety. 13 is the lucky number for Colgate.
6. Superstitious Number 14
Number 14 in Chinese culture is considered by far the unluckiest number. The combination of the words, “ten = shi” and “four = she”, could mean “accidents” or, when both numbers are read separately, yāo sì, boils down to meaning “will die“.
If number 5 is added in front, i.e. “514”, this is pronounced as “I’ll die”.
There’re all kinds of possibilities in the world. Tendency to believe in superstitions grows when they’re cemented with certain co-incidence, examples that sterns the believes of people sensitive to superstitious connotations.
Well, I shared my belief about the number 13, do you believe in any of it? Any incidence that grabbed your attention related to superstitious numbers, that you’d like to share?