Triple 8’s in Chinese are similar to the association we make here w/ Triple 7’s. The Arabic numeral for 8, which is used widely in China, is a constant loop, representing longevity. The syllable for 8 in Chinese (八) or “ba” when spoken sounds similar to the word for 100 (百) “bai”, and represents a long life or living for a hundred years. It also sounds similar to a slang word (发) “fa”, which means “to hit the jackpot”. In Cantonese the word for 8 “baat” sounds like “faat”, which is the word for prosperity. I don’t speak a lick of Cantonese, so I will have to take the word of the people I know who do on that one.
There are Eight Immortals, or Chinese deities.
Scorpio is the eight astrological sign
For pagans, eight represents continuity of the circle. There are eight Sabbats, and eight spokes in the wheel of the year. The written numeral eight has no beginning and no end, it is as continuous as the Sacred Spiral.
Buddha was supposedly born on the 8th day of the 4th month. The branches of the eight fold path are embodied by eight Bodhisattvas (Manjushri, Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara, Maitreya, Kshitigarbha, Nivaranavishkambhi, Akashagarbha, and Samantabhadra). Similar to the pagan wheel of the year, the Dharmacakra has eight spokes.
There are eight “Beatitudes” in Christianity (The Poor, The Mourners, The Hungry, The Persecuted, The Meek, The Merciful, The Pure of Heart, and The Peacemakers).
So, as much as I would like to continue on the freaky coolness that today (and I just blew the Kid’s mind by telling her that today is a lucky day and it will never happen again) I need to go make fun of Z for breaking his fingers.
Have a lucky day!
*As a note, the Olympics began at 8:08 PM (in China), but for those of you hoping to catch it simulcast in Chinese on CCTV (which I would have enjoyed), NBC has so politely blacked out any simulcast coverage, b/c the own all the rights. So, no Mandarin casts for you! Thanks for nothing, NBC!