Numerology

   The belief that certain numbers are auspicious or inauspicious, widespread in Burma. For example, if the number of passengers in a bus is considered unlucky, the driver may place a rock in the vehicle, representing an additional passenger. Ne Win was well known for his belief that the number 9 was lucky. This was reflected in his demonetization order of September 1987, replacing old kyat notes with denominations of 45 and 90; the power seizure by the State Law and Order Restoration Council, occurring on September 18 (1 8 9), 1988; and the date of the General Election of March 27, 1990 (2 7 9). The rather unrealistic figure that the military government gives for the number of national ethnic groups, 135 (1 3 5 9), may also reflect this obsession. The Four Eights (8.8.88) Movement began on August 8, 1988, because oppositionists believed that eight is an inauspicious number for rulers, representing anarchy and destruction of the old order.
   See also Astrology; Yedaya.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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