Magiska antal ur Tingo

Jag stöter ibland på underliga och roliga böcker. En av de senaste böckerna var en bok som heter ”The meaning of Tingo and other extraordinary words from around the world” av Adam Jacot de Boinod. Boken är kan man säga ett vittnesbörd om att världens kulturer ser väldigt olika på världen. Ni vet det där gamla vanliga påståendet om att eskimåer har [ett stort antal] ord för snö. Även om det är mer komplicerat än så, så stämmer det att vissa kulturer har ovanligt många ord för företeelser som andra kulturer inte har. Albanska språket har exempelvis massor av ord för olika sorters mustascher och ögonbrynsformer. Och hawaiianskan har rätt många termer för att beskriva bananer.

Men en grej som jag som författare gillade var en lista över vilka betydelser särskilda antal har.

Magic numbers

Different cultures give different significance to different numbers. Western traditions offer the five senses and the seven sins, among other groupings. Elsewhere we find very different combinations. The following list is drawn from the Tulu language of India unlessotherwise stated:

Three
tribhuvara the three worlds: heaven, earth and hell
trivarga the three human objects: love, duty and wealth

Four
nalvarti the four seasons

Five
pancabhuta the five elements: earth, air, fire, water and ether
pancaloha the five chief metals: gold, silver, copper, iron and lead
pancavarna the five colours: white, black, red, yellow and green
pancamahapataka the five greatest sins: murdering a Brahman, stealing gold, drinking alcohol, seducing the wife of one’s spiritual mentor, and associating with a person who has committed such sins
pancavadya the five principal musical instruments: lute, cymbals, drum, trumpet and oboe

Six
liuqin (Chinese) the six relations (father, mother, elder brothers, younger brothers, wife and children)

Seven
haft rang (Persian) the seven colours of the heavenly bodies: Saturn, black; Jupiter, brown; Mars, red; the Sun, yellow; Venus, white; Mercury, blue; and the Moon, green

Eight
ashtabhoga the eight sources of enjoyment: habitation, bed, clothing, jewels, wife, flower, perfumes and betel-leaf /arecanut

Nine
sembako (Indonesian) the nine basic commodities that people need for everyday living: rice, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, cooking oil, kerosene, dried fish and basic textiles

Ten
dah ak (Persian) the ten vices – named after the tyrant Zahhak who was notorious for ten defects of body or mind: ugliness, shortness of stature, excessive pride, indecency, gluttony, scurrility, cruelty, hastiness, falsehood and cowardice

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Och för den som är lite bittrare, finns den här scenen ur Scrubs.