For all you superstitious out there, whether you are having a bad day, or even a good but wary one, dont worry its almost over – but here is look into the origins of the much dreaded Friday the 13th! enjoy!
Growing up, school kids are always looking for the latest trend to follow, or “cool thing” to know, something that would deem them as special or knowledgeable. The notion of fear that came along with “Friday the 13th” provided exactly that: something foreign, bizarre, different but most importantly scary.
While there is no written evidence for the superstition before the 19th century, the earliest reference to the day of doom occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards 1896 biography. It later became popularized en mass via the movie Friday the 13th directed by Sean S. Cunningham.
The film depicts a number of teenagers who were gruesomely killed by an unknown character right until the end of the movie. The fear triggered with the release of the slasher film prompted other film makers to produce several others from the same genre appealing to the then growing generation as well as others to follow.
Away from popular culture and back to numerology, the number thirteen is thought by some cultures as “irregular” or transgressing completeness which the preceding number 12 holds.
The number 12 reflects completeness through the 12 months of the year, 12 hours of the clock, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus and the 12 successors of Mohammad in Shia Islam.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.
The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís meaning “thirteen” attached to phobía meaning “fear”.
Other days feared by various cultures include Tuesday the 13th in Spanish speaking countries and Greece. Tuesday (Mardi in French, Martes in Spanish) is considered to be dominated by the influence of Ares (Mars), the god of war. In Greece, the name of the day is Triti meaning literally the third (day of the week), adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck a la Grecque is said to “come in threes”.
So, hope that the above info was of some use to distort the fear of some, either way folks, hope you had a good day…but my personal opinion of bad luck a la Lebanese would be getting stuck in traffic on a hot day with a broken AC and petrol below empty! What’s yours???