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# In the Pythagorean brotherhood, why was the tetrakos considered the symbol of its organization?

Question #81597. Asked by tragic_flawed. (Jun 06 07 6:44 PM)

zbeckabee

Pythagoreans swore by the Tetrachtys of the Decad, or ten, rather than by the gods. He assigned roles for the numbers as follows: one was reason, two was opinion, four was justice, five was marriage because it was the sum of the first odd and the first even numbers (one was disregarded), seven was virgin because it neither factors or produces among the numbers one through ten. Odd numbers were masculine and even were feminine.

The Tetractys (Mystic Tetrad) is a triangular figure consisting of ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row.

Etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetractys

 Jun 07 07, 4:07 AM
Baloo55th

Which just goes to show that no matter how clever someone may be, they can still be totally weird.....

 Jun 07 07, 4:30 AM

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