An interpretation of large numbers in Asian ancient chronology
Prof. Emilio Spedicato
In ancient texts or traditions very large year numbers often appear in the description of certain events or periods in human memory. Such numbers can hardly be taken at face value, hence usually they are considered as literary artefacts or having only a symbolic value. Here we consider large numbers of this type in Asian traditions. We propose that such numbers were encrypted by an astronomically based factor, the number 180, the same one for all of them. The decrypted values are acceptable and are coherent. We consider numbers from Babylonian, Japanese, Nepalese, singalese traditions, and additionally the Indian Yugas, which seem to provide the most ancient reference to events in human memory.