THE SECRET OF NUMBER THREE: ITS INFLUENCE ON HUMAN THOUGHT AND BEHAVIOUR FROM THE PAST INTO THE PRESENT

Abstract

Author(s): Selahattin BAYRAM*

This article argues that in our modern world of increasing secularization and scientific-mindedness, the number three still holds a mysterious sway over the minds and actions of people. In history, the appearance of systems of counting and the attribution of mystery to particular numbers took place simultaneously, and since then the number three has been considered a mystifying number that has a tangible impact on human life. The philosophers of antiquity were influenced by primitive religions and pagan culture when it came to the mystery of three. The Stoic school, for example, frequently chose to define ideas using three concepts. Similarly, major world religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhism have been influenced by pagan cultures and antique thought regarding the powers of the number three. The emphasis laid on the mystery of the number three by various religions and cultures has, throughout history, been thoroughly accepted and adopted by individuals. This understanding, which has penetrated many areas such as fairy tales, literature, and folklore, has in time turned into a reflex, becoming an inseparable piece of human thought and action, and those expressions, definitions, or actions that do not resonate with three have been deemed somewhat incomplete. By placing the concept of trinity in the center of its belief system, Christianity has been the unyielding defender of the number three in the last two thousand years. This strict defense gives the impression that the idea of three-ness and trinity is a way of thinking that is particular and native to Christianity. Beginning in the 19th century, sociologists have maintained that the mystification with the number three started with primitive religions. In the 20th century, this fascination with three and its reflections in fairy tales, poetry, literature, and the visual arts have been explored.

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