By Barnaby Rogerson
Rogerson’s publication of Numbers is predicated on a numerical array of virtues, religious attributes, gods, devils, sacred towns, powers, calendars, heroes, saints, icons, and cultural symbols.
It provides a blinding mass of knowledge for these intrigued by way of the numerous roles numbers play in folklore and pop culture, in song and poetry, and within the many faiths, cultures, and trust structures of our world.
The tales spread from hundreds of 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 fits of a deck of playing cards. alongside the way in which, writer Barnaby Rogerson will show you why Genghis Khan equipped a urban of 108 towers, how Dante cast 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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73 SETH’S 73 ACCOMPLICES Although we do not know their names, the god Seth enlisted seventy-three accomplices when he tricked his brother-god Osiris. He enticed Osiris into coming to a feast, then, as an after-dinner game, the seventy-three joyfully took their turn in trying to fit into a cedar box. They all failed, for it had been manufactured to fit exactly the frame of Osiris, who – once he had entered – was held fast in a vice that allowed his brother to slam down the lid, seal the box and throw him into the Nile.
Nineteen members of the Tribunal refused to sign the warrant and a number of those requested to serve on it, such as all twelve of the High Court judges summoned, refused to attend. The regicides would have become a foundation senate, placed in a national pantheon, if England had remained a republican commonwealth. However after the Restoration of Charles II, the Royal Pardon specifically excluded all the fifty-nine regicides; some were tried and pardoned, others executed or imprisoned for life in the Tower.
Verse 14 goes on to define them as the righteous, who ‘alone from the whole world have been ransomed. ’ 124,000 PROPHETS The traditional number of prophets sent by God to teach the world before the coming of the Prophet Muhammad is 124,000, as recorded in a remembered saying (Hadith) of Muhammad, though nowadays this is considered to be of doubtful veracity. But, for those who like a definite figure, it is a useful figure to put beside the Koranic declaration, ‘to every people we have sent a Prophet’.