The Story of the Jihn Wranglikans
MORE ON THE NINE POINT KMPASS
Nine Point Compass
Most homestedler cabins had a Jihn Wranglikan 9 point compass somewhere inside. Such compasses were critical to the Wranglikan rituals and practices. All devout Jihn Wranglikans consulted theirs regularly. However, it was unusual (but not unheard of) for a home’s compass to be carved into the floor. This tells us something about Krblin Jihn’s stature in both his own and the Notgeon community. Looking closely at the compass, we learn a great deal about the culture which produced it.
First, notice that, although there is no North, their South (marked with a notch) is essentially the same as linear South. They had no need for North, all of their ceremonies were directed towards the pCalifornian (p is silent) Jerusalem near the present-day Salton Sea. Indeed, the primary fact of life for the secluded Jihn Wranglikans was their separation from their Holy Sites, virtually all of which were in the south—which after all, had been the basis of the Otgon Civil War. If you spend time at the fence that surrounds this cabin, you will see the direction of various Kymaerican locales, all based on this compass. The residents of this cabin would have known these by heart.
Second, the number three was extremely important to the Wranglikans because of the holy trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in the New Testament. This manifested itself in many ways, including the use of base 9 which we discuss below. For example, this compass had 3 directions: 3 arrows pointed to the South, 3 to the West and 3 to the East. (What some non-Wranglikan’s call North, they placed halfway between West Eastwest and East Westeast.) Another manifestation of this love of threes was the need for the distinctive lopsided Wranglikan cross to appear 3 times on every believer’s dwelling: as a spirit (usually a banner or flag of some kind), a shadow (some ghostly manifestation) and a staff—the actual cross.
Third, the nine points is consistent with another aspect of Jihn Wranglikan culture which is their use of base 9. People in linear California tend to use base 10. We count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. In counting we start with single digits, but when we arrive at 10, we are “out” of single digits and acknowledge that we reached on entire 10 (thus: Base 10). In other words, in the two digit base 10 number “523,” that value is equal to 5 100s (100=10x10) plus 2 10s (10x1) plus 3 1s.
In base 9, the value of that number is different. Jihn Wranglikans counted 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 because their 10 is equal to our 9 (thus Base 9). So if a Jihn Wranglikan counted to 523 it would actually be only the equivalent of a linear 426 (in Base 10). Why? 5 100s in this case equals 5 x (9 x 9) plus 2 x 9 (10 x 1) plus 3 1s. Altogether that equals 426. This is why the numbering in Gospel of Matthew written on the wall seems different.
Interestingly, the use of Base 9 seems to have been a sign of respect towards the Holy Trinity and Holy Family (Jesus, Joseph and Mary) by multiplying them together. The use of Base 9 seems to antedate the ritual amputation of the left baby toe when the dominant culture of Notgeon sought to identify John Wranglikans in their midst. After Seklusion, the Jihn Wranglikans themselves adopted the practice.