Are you superstitious? Is Friday 13th just like any other day?
13 Apr 07
The origins of this superstition are not precise. Many believe it stems from the Christian religion and the Last Supper, where there were thirteen present including Jesus and Judas. As for Friday the 13th, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. You put thirteen and Friday together and that is really unlucky. Other sources claim thirteen was turned into an evil number by founders of patriarchal religions because it represented femininity. Thirteen had been celebrated in prehistoric Goddess cultures because it corresponded to the number of lunar cycles in a year and the number of times a female would menstruate. Another possible origin comes from the Hindus who believed it was always unlucky to have thirteen people gather in one place, like at a dinner. The same was believed by the Vikings.The phobia of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia; it is the unreasoned fear of the number 13. Some famous people in history have suffered from triskaidekaphobia including Napoleon, Herbert Hoover, Mark Twain and Franklin Roosevelt.