chapter  XII
The Meaning of Numbers
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China, and although their interpretation of the symbolical meaning of certain numbers does not always coincide with that followed in the West, in many cases there is an extraordinary identity of interpretation. Since the symbolic meaning of numbers plays a very important part in the inner meaning of the Hung ritual, it is desirable to give here at least the more elementary meanings attached to them by the Chinese, and it will be useful to indicate certain similarities and differences in their use as symbols among other races. With regard to this last point it is only necessary to remember the important, though often baffling, part played by numbers in the Book of Revelations to realise that their use by mystical teachers is very widespread.