Why do cats have 9 lives?

Holy Trinity - 3 doors - by stevecadman
Cats have numerous lives because they seem lucky in getting out of trouble that might cause injury and/or death. It is not luck. Cats are intuitively smart and very athletic. But why, "9 lives"? Why not 3 or 5 lives?

The answer is that the number 9 is associated with luck. This it seems goes back to biblical times. We know about the holy trinity: God the father, the son and the holy ghost - three entities.

People like the idea of three. Three is a better number than two. Apparently it used to be be God the father and son (2). But the holy ghost (or holy spirit) was added as it was a better concept.

To that we can add the "three qualities of the universe: Time, Space, and Matter" (1). And thus we have 3 x 3 = 9 - the trinity of trinities.

In medieval times, numbers had more significance. They still do. But in ancient times numbers had a mystical quality and were, for example, incorporated into architecture.

Note: (1) Source: What is Biblical Numerology?

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