Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 months ago

Why does Shinto use the number 8 million to represent an infinite number of gods?

According to Japan's Shinto religion there are 8 million gods (八百万の神). This number is an ancient way to represent an infinite number.

4 Answers

  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Simply because they didn't have a word for infinity, so they used an idiom.

    It's similar to 40 being used in the Bible to mean "a lot".

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    and the Tao speaks of the ten-thousand things to represent infinity.....but numerology is all beside the point.

  • 2 months ago

    The number eight represents heaven and earth. If you draw it on its side, it represents eternity. 

  • Archer
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It is a belief now isn't it.

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