It is Friday the 13th and bad luck is about. Avoid black cats, breaking mirrors and refrain from walking under that ladder at all costs. That is, if you’re superstitious.
Over the years, Friday the 13th has been considered a somewhat sinister day. However, where does it get its bad rap from? What led people to view Friday the 13th with such fear, that some have a phobia about the day. I am not kidding. The phobia’s name is Paraskevidekatriaphobia. That’s a mouthful.
Well, there are different stories on how Friday the 13th became unlucky. One of the most popular myths surrounds the legendary Templar Knights and the occurrence of Friday, October 13, 1307.
History states that on that day, over 700 years ago, the medieval society of knights were charged with heresy. The accuser being the French monarch, King Philip IV. He was allegedly running low on funds and as the knights were extremely wealthy, he decided to target them.
Through the assistance of Pope Clement V, The Knights (now known as the Freemasons) were rounded up on Friday, October 13, 1307. Facing charges of heresy, which included practicing magic worshipping a false god, the men were imprisoned, while some were tortured and burned. Even though totally untrue, this day was etched in time.
Another story claims the superstition arose from a book written in 1907. Titled Friday the 13th, it was written by Thomas William Lawson. How can a book create an entire superstition? Prior to the book being written, both Friday and the number 13 were considered unlucky.
It is speculated that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday. Then there is Good Friday, the day where Jesus was crucified. Friday was the standard day for all crucifixions for Rome, which would have been a bad day for anyone facing this penalty.
Then there is the number 13. This unfavourable number can be linked to both ancient Norse and Christian mythology. The Norse myth tells of how there were 12 gods at a dinner party. Loki, the god of mischief, crashed the party and became the unlucky 13th guest, when he killed the god, Balder.
In Christianity, the story of the Last Supper holds Judas Iscariot, the man who betrays Jesus, as the unlucky 13th guest.
With this in mind, Thomas William Lawson wrote his story about a dodgy stock broker who takes advantage of the superstitions to gain at the stock market, on that date. While Lawson did not create the idea about sinister deeds linked to Fridays and the number 13, he might have created a trend.
Whether the date is linked to a well written story or the downfall of legendary knights, one thing is for certain, Friday the 13th is no ordinary day… If you are looking for a good horror movie to watch tonight, there is a movie named after today to watch.
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Until next time have yourself a Freaky Friday!!