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Mar 30, 2011

ക WhyAskWhy¿ (9) ~ SEVENs

Thanks to Jingle for the 'Versatile Award' to tell 7 random facts about yourself and also to Mariuca for the 'Stylish Blogger Award' to share 7 things about yourself. Sorry for the delay to recollect my thoughts to fulfil the requirements. Could not take it any longer as the guilt has been haunting and bugging Bananaz for quite some time. A blessing in disguise that the tags gave me the inspiration to share 7 Good, Bad & Ugly of Bananaz into seven separate posts. Will have to wait for my next post before I can embark and begin to peel off the 7 yellow skins after I get over with this SEVEN thingy. Why*Ask*Why the significance of this number 7 is so common in fairy tales, advertisements, trade marks, various religions, folklore and casinos etc.

Why does this recurring #7 so magical and mystical to be selected and obsessed by so many? To kick off shall start with The 7 colors of the Rainbow ~ Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet famously abbreviated as 'vibgyor' or the mnemonic “Roy G. Biv.” To keep the ball rolling there is this 7-UP; 7 Eleven; 7 Dwarfs; 7 Seas ~ The Arctic and Antarctic, North & South Pacific, North & South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean; 7 classical planets ~ the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn; 7 chakras ~ Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye & Crown; 7 cardinal sins ~ pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth; 7 wonders of the natural/ancient World; 7 basic musical notes do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti; 7 days a week; 7 heavens; 7 directions ~ north, south, east, west, up, down and center; 7 spot ladybird; 7 ~ the neutral pH value between acidity and alkalinity; 777 Jackpot and lastly the often over used lame excuses, the 7-year Itch (probably there are more but will have to stop here else its never ending).


Bananaz is typing and scratching the head trying to figure out how and why the #7 gets all the limelight shinning radiantly head and shoulders above the rest? Could it be based on science and technology or superstition or because 7 is the most spiritual of all numbers and considered most 'lucky' that's why they used 777 for jackpots? It beats me, your guess is just as good as mine. Anyone to throw in some light please?
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Now what will the Chinese people got to say about #7七 in their very own way? Heard of 7 early 8 early? 七早qī zǎo 八早 bā zǎo, cracking up your brains early in the morning hey! Here you go:
1. 七情qīqíng  : 7 effects of traditional Chinese medical theory and therapy ~ joy 喜xǐ, anger 怒nù, anxiety憂yōu, thought 思sī, grief 悲bēi, fear 恐kǒng, fright 驚jīng;

2. 七方qīfāng : 7 kinds of Chinese medicine prescriptions 大方dàfāng, 小方xiǎofāng, 缓方huǎnfāng, 急方jífāng, 奇方qífāng, 偶方ǒufāng and 重方chóng fāng or 複方fùfāng;

3. 亂七八糟 luàn qī bā zāo : everything in disorder (idiom);

4. 七上八下qī shàng bā xià : perturbed state of mind (idiom);

5. 七仙女qī xiān nǚ : seven fairies

6. 七七八八qīqī bābā : 7788 ~ Its our slang for 'almost complete' or 'near completion'. To make it a complete 7 have to add one more which is quite timely with 清明節 QīngMíngjié (lit. pure brightness or tomb-sweeping) festival, beginning of April in China, September in Japan in relation with souls.

7. 七七 qīqī : (seven sevens equals 49), a Daoist services for the auspicious reincarnation of the departed. Chinese of the Daoism faith believed in 三魂sānhún three (immortal souls) and 七魄qīpò (seven mortal forms). So both these four words will go together forming 三魂七魄sānhúnqīpò. It is believed that when a person dies his/her soul would return on the 7th day. Special prayers and chanting will be conducted every week until seven sevens ie 49 days then all prayers and chanting will come to an end and that the soul has reincarnated. Strangely enough both these two Chinese words 魂hún & 魂pò have got a radical ghost 鬼guǐ in each word. o.O



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65 Bunchesஇ:

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

7788 for your posting here on significant of 7 :) Good day & TQ

wenn said...

i like 7 as it's my lucky number this year..

Small Kucing said...

eyes blur already from all the 7. Wonder why they call it "see till 8 eyes" ..should be "see till 7 eyes" coz top of the head also supposed to have 1 eye

Alice Law said...

Yeah, for most Chinese, 7 and 8 are lucky numbers, 4 means 'shui'(unlucky), true boh?!! 3 means reborn and 9 means forever!

Tekkaus said...

I love 7 a lot. You know why? because seven rhymes with heaven. :p

Regina said...

Well it looks like you did your home work (lol)..and you were creative too. Funny, I did one some time ago too (I should have an archive up but don't..this is the link-(hope you don't mind)(http://inthepacific.blogspot.com/2010/10/sevens-tuesday-afternoon-musings.html
Anyway, you covered a whole lot more..I didn't know the lady bird(we call them ladybugs)have seven spots..no wonder they are special!
Wishing you a great day-

eugene said...

I thought i was the one who would gate crash your blog 7 zhou 8 zhou, looks like many have done it before i did.

i really like this post of yours, didn't know that the seven can have so many magic in this number.

thank for sharing really

Pete said...

didn't hit 777 in Genting last week but hit 5 Lions and mini jackpot......."at first so soong" but when see jackpot price only RM27, shit......ha ha ha!

Netster said...

Hallo Babana people :)

Anyway, i was applying for my office telephone line yesterday and guess what number I choose?

Since Kuching only uses 6 numbers (West Malaysia is 8) so my number is pretty cool.

8488, 8388, 9499

Good? hehehehe

This is one hell of a good post! I will not have such a knowledge. You're awesome banana man!

cheers

[SK] said...

so in christianity, 7 means saint and 6 means devil?? but when both 6 and 7 comes together, it doesn't sounds good to the cantonese, hahahaha~~ :D

[SK] said...

7 seas?? errr, i thot only 4 oceans but the 7 continents (Africa, Antartica, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America)??

[SK] said...

and yeah, the chinese always say 七七四十九日.. like almost in all cases they like this 7x7=49 days to get things completed..

Ron Joe White said...

Greetings from Southern California

God Bless You and have a nice day :-)

Jingle said...

creative 7's, well done.
Thanks for taking the award.

Yvonne said...

Wah... 7 here and 7 there. My eyes also blur already. Never knew that 7 is so important in our life. And it's such interesting to know that ladybird has 7 spots. Off to catch a ladybird now~~

HappySurfer said...

The Mayan calendar (my current post) also features 7 phases of each period of time. 7 is indeed a magical number.

psst... will come back for the 7 random facts..

SK, 67 reminds me of a former colleague (Hokkien lang) who was so proud of her new Mini car with number plate of 6767 until she was told (by some Cantonese lang) its connotation. She quickly got rid of the car.

suituapui said...

Yahor...so interesting this post! Never thought about this... But for good luck, Chinese prefer 8888

stevevhan said...

i also love the number 7 because 7 was my number when i joined and won a competition when i was young. That's the first time that i had a medal!

That's why i love 7 too! :)

Gratitude said...

My itch is always there! wakakaka
+Ant+

Bananazஇ said...

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE இ G'Day too 7788 getting ready for next post haha.

wenn இ wow lucky 7 for you

Small Kucing இ maybe the 8 could stand for warped..not 9 for kucing haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Alice Law இ Yeah coz of homophone where 4 sounds like 'die' and 3 is 'alive' and 8 is fatt haha.

Tekkaus இ Oh great! Seven heaven for you.

Regina இ You got an interesting 7 story in your family..in US its better known as ladybugs but bugs do not sound nice that why go for 'birds' haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Eugene இ 7 cha 8 cha in hokkien haha tQ

Pete இ huh jackpot price or crackpot price. Better luck next time.

Netster இ Closing my eyes let the force be with Bananaz and my guess is you followed the middle path you picked 8388? Right?

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ Haha The Omen 666? Oops 6+7 *blushing*!hehe. Why*Ask*Why again how come its 67? Good excuse for Bananaz to complete my next post in 7x7=49 days muahaha.

Ron Joe White இ tQ for visiting from the place that never rains. God bless.

Jingle இ tQ will try to complete the seven sevens hopefully in 49 days lolz.

Bananazஇ said...

Yvonne இ only certain kinds of ladybirds..leave some for me please haha.

HappySurfer இ Its Mayan's magical number too huh. Please do come back for the 7 random facts in 77=49 days haha. Not sure its the same mini car which I knew bears the same number 6767.

suituapui இ Thot to add in like you mentioned before the 7 lambs baa baa but cant find in your archive. 8888 is just the homophone of fatt but some fengshui masters say its not that fatt-perous woh how true?

Bananazஇ said...

Stevevhan இ Yo congratz! Magnificent 7 alright!

+Ant+ இ Got bitten by ants that's why you always itch? kakaka.

lina said...

That's plenty of 7s in one post. :p

But informative, as always.

Autumn Belle said...

Wow, so may 7s until I oredy have 8 eyes-lah. What I know also, in flying star Feng Shui, I heard that 7 is a violent, robbery star.

On 7th day of the 7th moon, it is Chinese Valentine's Day

On 14th day of the 7th moon, it is Hungry Ghost Festival.

After 7 x 7 days, a departed soul would have gone for reincarnation, e.g. from dead old fella to brand new baby.

Now, I need to go to 7-11 to buy something!

Autumn Belle said...

Oh,yeah, Happy April Fool's Day today! Do be careful of jokes and pranks from friends.

HappySurfer said...

Whoa! Fresh bananas! You sure have a good stock of them, Bananaz!

We could be talking about the same Mini Cooper? No way! LOL!

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ tQ. What will your folks gotta about #7 can share share please.

Autumn Belle இ Yeah 7th day 7 month, and the ghost month. I have not included the 7th day of CNY which is Human Day..too many already then lagi pengsan. Seems April 01 sort of dying of natural death not much action nowadays haha.

HappySurfer இ Not sure your friend and the one I know are the same person probably NO cos the owner is a Malay guy and his mini cooper is chilly red. Only himself and his mechanic are entitled to drive his car not even his wife. He will not load his car with more than 4 pax..real *poh pui*..haha

jam said...

Nice tale told about '7'!

Alice Phua said...

Hi Bananaz, greetings from Adventures of Juan Or and Mommy! Used to see your comments in Small Kucing's blog. By the way, I'm also a banana.

WOw, that's really a chunkful of interesting info about all things 7! Glad I clicked your link - makes an interesting read! :-)


P/S: I have included your link into my blogroll. Hope you don't mind exchanging link with me.

Bananazஇ said...

jam இ tQ anything to add think almost 7788 already haha..

Alice Phua இ Welcome to the 'yellow' club hehe. tQ for dropping by and your kind words. Done! Have added your link too. Slip by often haha Cheers..

Tina said...

what a fun 7 list. i had no idea there were so many references to it.

Tina

Life Ramblings said...

wow, so many 7's. didn't realize that 7 can be such a significant number in our lives.

Life Ramblings said...

congrats on the award. Happy April Fool's Day!

Cloudia said...

magical 7 !




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Casendra said...

A good one. Have u ever wonder why the Chinese always put 3 sets of chopstick n rice for the ritual ah? Next time can write about this if u hv any clue le, I still not able to figure out why :p thanks for sharing of your post!

Bengbeng said...

7 is supposed to b a good number in many cultures

HappySurfer said...

Aah... you forgot the famous #7 jerseys of Manchester United - Cantona, Beckham, Ronaldo.

What a shame, more people would not be able to enjoy the car.

Bananazஇ said...

Tina இ Lucky 7 haha. like your latest post on world's smallest hotel.

Life Ramblings இ Magnificent 7 haha tQ.

Cloudia இ 7 Alohas? haha..

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ Great suggestion! Heard about it too shall extend my antenna to hear more of it and post later. tQ

Bengbeng இ 7 loh for girls as well..haha

HappySurfer இ Right on jersey #7 for MU ~ CBR, what about James Bond 007 haha. You would be surprised to hear my new mini loaded up with x pax? Hope to remember to blog about it in my 7 random..if not please give me a buzz OK..tQ.

Ai Shiang said...

It's amazing how you managed to find out so many "7" in our daily conversations.

I think you might have missed out 3 7 21 (meaning, whatever!)

I use to heard that 7 is a lucky number but I do realise that the number 7 in bible means something bad - death that is.

Bananazஇ said...

Ai Shiang இ Yeah yeah thanks, heard of 3-7-21 too. Oh oh 7 is not that good with the bible and not 4 eh?. tQ

lena said...

hi, just hopped over from reanaclaire's blog. I never realised there're so much that associate with the number 7 until you mentioned it. seems like 7 is quite a mysterious number. interesting post! will drop by often..

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

hmmm interesting! and now i also start thinking why 7 ah??? *scratch head*

Bananazஇ said...

lena இ tQ for slipping by please do drop a peel as often as possible haha..tQ for your kind comments

Caroline Ng May Ling இ You scratch my head & I scratch yours hahaha..

Isaac Tan said...

Ooh, new info for me. :) thanks for sharing bananaz

Jean said...

7-11 spring to my mind. haha.

Have a nice day! =)

My recent post:
Mille Crepe @ Nadeje, Plaza Mahkota, Malacca

Ai Shiang said...

Only Chinese are afraid of the number 4 because it sounds like "death" or die. I don't think it has anything to do with the bible.

HappySurfer said...

Psst... Bananaz, drop by at Ai Shiang's for a laugh - the comments..

Good morning!

Bananazஇ said...

Isaac Tan இ You're most welcome

Jean இ haha 7-11 Cheers

Ai Shiang இ Some Christians dont like 5 howcome?

HappySurfer இ Yeah seen the comments whoa lots of protest haha..Looking forward to your Friday frolic..

foongpc said...

I don't like 7. I like 6. Like 666. Haha!!

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ oh..omen 666 haha.

Regina said...

Perhaps your right (ha)..hey thanks~

Bananazஇ said...

Regina இ tQ for dropping by.

Ying Ying Dai Tao Har said...

wow, so many things are related to the number 7. It is also a significant number in the bible too :)

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