What numbers are considered “bad” and why

What numbers are considered “bad” and why

Most of the numerological superstitions are common to many nations, so the inhabitants of the most different corners of the Earth try to avoid especially frequent “bad” numbers. But there are interesting differences and features.


Almost on all continents they don’t like the number 13. It is considered to be the devil’s dozen, as if overlapping the “good” number 12. 12 is the number of apostles of Jesus, as well as an energetically positive number. Everything that is above it, violates harmony, carries the negative energy of destruction. And this is already associated with evil spirits. In many countries, skyscrapers do not even consider the 13th floor, so as not to attract negative energy into the walls of the house. All multiples of 13 numbers are considered unlucky: 26, 39, etc.


In the Russian tradition, the number 40 also carries a negative charge. That is how many days the soul of a dead person wanders among the living. Only after the commemoration on the 40th day does she go to the other world, depending on the “merit” - to hell or heaven. All this time, relatives feel the invisible presence of the soul of the deceased and remember that the High Court awaits her.Hence the dislike of the number 40.


Three sixes - known throughout the world "the number of the beast." Any mention of it or signs similar to this number are considered interference by the supreme ruler of hell. In the Middle Ages, birthmarks on the body, resembling the number of the beast, were burned at the stake without long trials. Naturally, after such a sad story, the worst reputation was fixed to the number 666.

Japanese "bad" numbers


The number 4 is considered very bad only among the peoples of the Far East. The Japanese treat the four just as the Europeans refer to 13. In the buildings of the Country of the Rising Sun you will not meet the fourth apartment or the fourth floor. All of these are bad signs that carry illness, failure and death.


A similar meaning is contained in figure 9. The semantic content of numbers in the Japanese perception of the world is explained very simply: each digit corresponds to a hieroglyph. Nine corresponds to the character "suffering", "pain." The hieroglyphs corresponding to the numbers 24, 33, 42 and 49 carry the same meaning. Extremely superstitious Japanese prefer to avoid them in every possible way.

17 in Italy

The number 17 is considered to be negative in Italy. This is associated with a very ancient tradition, which dates back to the times of the Roman Empire. On many tombs of the Roman patricians, the characters "VIXI" were written. They translated as the phrase "I lived."In the outline it is easy to see a combination of VI (figure 6) and XI (number 11), which in sum gives that same “unlucky” number 17.

The meaning of all these figures and numbers can be interpreted differently among different nations. For Jews, for example, 13 is a very good number, since so many basic principles of Judaism exist. And in China, the “bad” nine in Japanese terms is considered a symbol of happiness and longevity.

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