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Parmeter Jun 6, 2006

I thought it was energy fields you had to watch out for.


Joshua Jun 6, 2006

Joey also picked up on the numbers, even including a plausible explanation of the background:

The demonization of the number 666 stems back to the Babylonians, who were practitioners of numerology, which was based on their astronomy and their advanced understanding of mathematics and their base-60 counting system. They determined that a year was 360 days (pretty accurate, considering their level of technology), and it's from them that we get 360 degrees in a circle, and our "60 seconds in a minute, 60 miniutes in an hour".

They had 36 minor gods ruled by a sun god. Each of the minor gods was assigned a number between 1 and 36. each with a designated number between 1 and 36. The whole pantheon was expressed by adding all their numbers together — 1 2 3 4 and so on, all the way up to 36. The sum of these numbers: 666. Since 666 represented the pagan pantheon, it ended up becoming the number of the beast.

And thus a number of urban legends and heavy metal albums were born.