The concept of lucky numbers is something that knows no borders. However, the particulars of those lucky numbers, are typically very geographically segregated as they are built around some very well established cultural concepts and taboos. The nature of lucky number itself is very subjective, and some countries are more apt to hold numbers closer to their collective hearts than others. Consequently, it’s important to remember that the origins of lucky numbers are much more regional than you would expect. Countries like China have had a long history of working with numbers and record keeping, and much of that tradition has persisted up until today. In Europe, the Roman Empire had a similar reputation for control through the use of numbers and records and the end result is a lasting effect on the countries that were once within the Empire’s sphere of influence.
In China, they have had a long relationship with numbers and with trying to control or forecast one’s destiny. This belief has led to creating very concise records fortune telling and some of the oldest gambling establishments in history. In China, certain numbers have a specific sound that signifies similarities with characters in the language, such as the number 3 sounding like the character for birth, or the number six sounding like the word for flow or work. It goes even further in China, with certain numbers looking like a word that represents a positive object as in the number zero having the same ending as the word for money.
There are other examples of the importance of lucky numbers in Chinese culture which can be found in their signage and in the way gambling is facilitated. Consequently, you can see this number represented in advertisements all over the country and found on the walls of many gambling establishments.Two is a number that is a very positive in China, and this is a sentiment shared throughout the massive nation.
In the US of A, the status of the lucky number has never really been in question, as it has been a part of all the cultures that make up the brilliant patchwork of the country. Many of the old world superstitions that came with the immigrants from Europe and Asia, including the superstition concerning the number 13, and the popularity of numerology in the country, are imported. Recently, there has been some examples of the establishment of newer numbers with their own American grown background, such as the number 39. This number comes from the Judeo-Christian mysticism that has become a part of the culture and is based on the idea that is a number sent down by the angels to guide people through their lives.
Another example of how countries have developed their own history of lucky number is founded in spiritualism. A prime example of spiritualism and numerology is found in Japan where the Buddhist and Shinto religions have created a long list of numbers that that are believed to have significance. For example the numbers 8 & 6 which are seen throughout the country in temple architecture. Also, this attention to number goes into the gambling culture that has a significant.