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According to Wookieepedia, in Jawaese, the native language of the Jawa species from Tatooine, the number 7 simply doesn't exist.

Counting in Jawaese:

1 Po
2 Ko
3 Kyo
4 Yo
5 Dyo
6 Lyo
7 Does not exist in Jawa arithmetic
8 Ho
9 To
10 Kisewa
100 Gakisewa
1000 Hakisewa
100,000,000 Jo jo muma

Does anyone know the secret that lies behind this?

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    The Jawas fear number seven, because 7 8 9. Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 13:53
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    How reliable is this information? Is this page the source? Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 14:07
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    If they had six fingers it could be becasue they count in base six - but they don't... Makes no sense
    – user11154
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 17:31
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    I give up for now. Every place discussing the issue just copied Wiki info; Burtt himself doesn't seem to have any clear means of contacting him, and this logic probably originated with him as the author of the book @Michael mentioned. Great question!!! Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 17:39
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    I still can't get past the fact that Jo jo muma's so big...
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 21:17

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There's no real indication that a count that we would represent as '7' doesn't exist in 'Jawa' arithmetic.

The quoted Wookieepedia article is using this as a source.

That source is not reasonably sourcing any indication of the numbering, or the reason of the lack of '7'.

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  • according the wookipedia article about the author of that book: "He has created many of the languages heard in Star Wars—most of which are marked by shared etymological roots with English—and has written the Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide". And if this is true, than that book is pretty canonical.
    – Igor Milla
    Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 17:36
  • who's 'he' and which book?
    – Solemnity
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 2:36
  • sorry, it's from the comments under the question. The book — [Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide] (Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide). This book mentioned as a resource for the article about Jawa language. And "he" is an author of that book. But, yes, there is no prove that the info originally from him, and his book
    – Igor Milla
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 9:08

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