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12 is a number that has such mythic resonance.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
Dice have been used throughout Asia since before recorded history.
The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set, at the Burnt City archeological site in south-eastern Iran. Excavations from ancient tombs in the Harappan civilization, seem to further indicate a South Asian origin. Dicing is mentioned as an Indian game in the Rig Veda, Atharva Veda and Buddha games list. It is also mentioned in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, where Yudhisthira plays a game of dice against the Kauravas for the northern kingdom of Hastinapura.
There is a comment somewhere else in this thread quoting an article with the question of why we don't use 10 regular intervals. The Babylonians knew that 12, 24, 30, 60 and 360 were richly divisible, that's where their number system comes from and note the only place it survives is in astronomy and timekeeping.
There is nothing new under the Sun, etc.
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