The Devil’s number 666 and the fear of number 666

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Like the number four in Japan (and other East Asian countries), the triple six has a dark explanation. According to the University of Chicago, the association between Satan and the triple-6 goes back to the time of Emperor Nero and the night that Rome caught fire in 64 AD. According to the story, Nero did not play the violin while Rome was burning because the violins did not exist in ancient Rome. But many Romans thought that Nero had used another type of violin that had deliberately set the city on fire. The fire lasted six days, before “resuming suspiciously” and nearly two-thirds of Rome were lost, accompanied by countless lives.

Revelation 13:18 says, “This calls for wisdom, and let him who has intuition calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: that number is 666.” As Bible Odyssey points out, the Beast (which has not been linked to the Antichrist for 1,000 years) almost certainly represents the Roman Empire, and 666 is a well-known Jewish numerical code that translates to Nero. The early Christians were not a fan of all his martyrs, so of course he’s a bad guy. There is nothing mystical or wrong in the number.

But try to say that to people with hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. The irrational fear of the 666 number is a reality, according to Psych Times. Although most phobic is Christian, it concerns those of other religions and even no religion. For example, if a purchase costs $ 6.66, they will take something else to buy, so the price will change. Or it can really affect their lives, avoiding numbers at all costs, seeing it everywhere and associating it with bad luck. ABS-CBN News reported that when a bus in the Philippines lost control in 2010, killing 20 people, the number of its license plate, DWZ-666, was blamed. During the Second World War, it was difficult to find pilots to fly a 666 bomber and he was known as “cursed”.

But people are also having fun, as when the flight 666 to HEL (Helsinki) made its last flight on Friday the 13th.

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