Culture and mythology
- Nine (九 pinyin jiǔ) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word “longlasting” (久 pinyin jiǔ)
- Nine is strongly associated with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power. There are nine forms of the dragon, it is described in terms of nine attributes, and it has nine children. It has 117 scales – 81 yang (masculine, heavenly) and 36yin (feminine, earthly). All three numbers are multiples of 9 (9×13=117, 9×9=81, 9×4=36) as well as having the samedigital root of 9.
- The dragon often symbolizes the Emperor, and the number nine can be found in many ornaments in the Forbidden City.
- The circular altar platform (Earthly Mount) of the Temple of Heaven has one circular marble plate in the center, surrounded by a ring of nine plates, then by a ring of 18 plates, and so on, for a total of nine rings, with the outermost having 81=9×9 plates.
- The name of the area called Kowloon in Hong Kong literally means: nine dragons.
- The nine-rank system was a civil service nomination system used during certain Chinese dynasties.
- The nine bows is a term used in Ancient Egypt to represent the traditional enemies of Egypt
- The Nine Worthies are nine historical, or semi-legendary figures who, in the Middle Ages, were believed to personify the ideals of chivalry
- The nine Muses in Greek mythology are Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (erotic poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry),Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (song), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy).
- It takes nine days (for an anvil) to fall from heaven to earth, and nine more to fall from earth to Tartarus–a place of torment in the underworld.
- Leto labored for nine nights and nine days for Apollo, according to the Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo.
- The Japanese consider nine to be unlucky because in Japanese the word for nine sounds similar to the word for “pain” or “distress” (苦, kyū). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_(number))