Friday, 13 October 2017
Friday the 13th 'IF' it's unlucky?
Today is Friday the thirteenth
Are you scared?
We ask IF it is really the unluckiest day of the year
So first why is the 13th seen as such an unlucky day well
There are several sources
The first and most famous theory is that of the knights Templar
The order of the knights Templar were arrested, tortured, and killed on Friday, October 13, 1307,
King Philip IV of France, in league with Pope Clement V gave the order that all Templars be rounded up and imprisoned.
The Knights were accused of numerous crimes including heresy and treason.
Philip IV had borrowed huge sums of money to finance his war with England.
A terrible king and a worse military commander, Philip was easily defeated.
He saw destroying the Templars as a way of both currying favor with the Pope and eliminating his huge debt
This event was then credited as the moment in history for the cultural birth of the unlucky Friday the 13th.
This could however be considered thin reasoning —many other bad things have happened on this date throughout history.
The bible is also said to carry the message of this date being an omen of bad luck
Friday has always had a bad reputation when it comes to Christianity.
Friday is believed to be the day that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and if that wasn't bad enough, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
So that gives Fridays a pretty ominous past.
But how about the number 13?
13 took on negative connotations because of the Last Supper.
Judas was the 13th apostle to arrive and he eventually betrayed Jesus.
This shows us how Christianity would believe the number to be a source of foreboding.
The final idea behind this unlucky day is from Wall Street.
The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition, a book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Says that the fear of the date came about after the publication of the book Friday, the Thirteenth in 1907.
This book tells the story of a stock broker who chooses that date to incite a panic which he intended to take down Wall Street altogether.
The fear of this date is known as Friggatriskaidekaphobia
This name coming from Frigg, the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named.
So if you’re tucked up in bed afraid to leave the safety of your bed grab your rabbit’s foot and head out the door.
That is unless you have a thirteenth friend with their mind set on having you crucified or maybe you lent some money to a poor king.
Then stay home.
Have great day and the best of luck to you.
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