Every society seems to have their own series of numbers that are seen as either auspicious or evil. To the Japanese, the numbers 7 and 8 are lucky, whereas 4, 9, and 13 are unlucky. To westerners, the number 666 is also unlucky. Does Sandus have those same sorts of cultural superstitions?
Of course! Whereas the Japanese consider the number 4 to be representative of death (due to the close pronunciation with the word) and Christians consider 666 representative of Satan, we have similar traditions. Here are those numbers:
2 – This auspicious number represents several different pairs: the Sôgmô and the Party; Nation & State; People & Party; Party & Collegio; and so on. This number can be considered a “strong” number, as strong as the Sandum State itself.
3 – This auspicious number is both secular and philosophical. From a Buddhist perspective, the number 3 is auspicious because it represents the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha), and the Sangha (followers of the Dharma). It also represents the democratic alliance between the Sôgmô, Party, and People or the socialist alliance of all peoples between the Workers, Farmers, and Intellectuals.
5 – This number is considered auspicious as a “strong” number. It’s considered strong because its multiples always either end in 0 or in 5.
12 - This number is auspicious for a religious Sancta purpose: it represents the 12 Olympian gods. It is also number influenced by one of the preceding factors.
As mentioned in 12, numbers that have factors of 2, 3, or 5 are also considered lucky or auspicious. 12 is a minor auspicious number. This factor rule, however, means that numbers like 4, 6, 9, 12, 16, and 25 are auspicious numbers and, in light of the upcoming 2nd Anniversary of the Foundation and the 4th Anniversary of the Creation, are auspicious anniversaries. The symbolism for these numbers vary, for example:
9 can be an auspicious number as either a multiple of 3 or as an exponential product. 3 x 3 = 9 and this could symbolise the importance of the Buddhist aspect with the Socialist one. Or, it can considered be considered a powerful extension of one of the factors, such as 3³ = 9. The same is true with any factor, but they lose their lustre as you go up: after all, the 36th anniversary of something might not be that important as the 35th or the 40th. Here, the power of rounding is far more important.
Now you know!