Ne Win was a distant, reclusive figure, addicted to the more vulgar variants of Buddhism. He was said to have bathed in dolphins' blood to regain his youth and his dedication to numerology was legendary.
Addicted to the power of numbers, he instructed that the national currency, the kyat, should be issued in denominations of 45 and 90 because they were divisible by his lucky number, nine.
But it was his decision to resign on an auspicious day, 8 August 1988 (8.8.88) which was to have the most far-reaching consequences.
"Belief in the supernatural and in voodoo/juju do exist in many places in africa, as they do all over the world (as I believe has been pointed out in the second paragraph of my first post and every other post), and I don't believe I made any indication that i believed it is only Africans that hold these sorts of beliefs, or that all africans have these sorts of beliefs, or that none of the people in the rest of the world do too. "
" That sort of thing happens in africa all the time ."
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