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Friday the 13th

Good morning people.

It’s Friday the 13th and it’s considered unlucky by a lot of people but do you know why.

Incidentaly did you know that it only happens when the month starts on a Sunday.

Ronin

No do you, very interesting question, and I din’t know about the Sunday thing.

Jean

History (Source… Wiki)


Rossini by Henri Grevedon

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century.[4][5][6] The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini:

Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky

Consequently, several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

  • In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
  • Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales,[3] 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.[6][7] It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.[8]
  • One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth,[9] in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.[4] Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common.

The connection between the Friday the 13th superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in the 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code. However, experts agree that this is a relatively recent correlation, and most likely a modern-day invention. Although according to many Freemasons, this date corresponds with the slaughtering of the Knights Templar by the Church. Many Knights Templar also escaped their persecution by fleeing to Scotland.[3][7][10]

[edit] Tuesday the 13th

Never been superstitious but in July 2001 I had just qualified as a teacher and was doing some supply work at the school I was due to start at in the September. I had gone over tothe nursery building to get some information and when walking back to my class I fell and broke both legs! I ended up being off work till January - a really good start to my teaching career!!

I’ve always been a bit wary of Friday 13th since then!!!

Sarah x

Hi

I posted yesterday about friday the 13th and why some considered it unlucky.

I know that there was no mention of it in writting until the 19th centuary but if you think about it most people in that era couldn’t read or write and also a myth or superstition has to start somewhere.

Any way my favorit and did actualy take place is on the 13th October 1307 a simutainious and cordernated act took place on The Templers.

The french king Philip IV and pope Clement V , (who was at the time heavy influenced and possibly a puppet of the king ) where suspcious and mis trustful of the Templers.

Philip was also deeply in debt to them and took advantage of this situation to wipe out his debt.

The Templers where also very wealth and wether the king got his hands on the wealth I’m sorry I don’t know.

The Templer knights and leaders were tortured and executed in the most cruel ways.

Portugal was one of the few countries that didn’t persicute the Temlpers and a lot of them even went to Scotland where its rumoured the faught for Robert the Bruce

Following on from the templar theory there was also another one that involved the templars but they were attempting to defend the Cathars a township that did not conform to Catholic persecution and they committed one of the first known acts of genocide. The Catholics that is, on Friday the 13th whatever year in the thirteenth cenutry I think slaughtered the whole population of the town and the templars who were attempting to protect them.

After this event they led on to the inquisition in medievial Britain and they slaughtered witches by the thousands, but it was the act of the genocide by the Catholics that was the catalyst for the persecution. Unfortunately I cannot recollect the author of the book that cited the historical references to the event but it was one citing the historical origins of the Templars

Deb