The History of Friday the 13th Superstitions

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Do you have paraskevidekatriaphobia, or friggatriskaidekaphobia? The fear of Friday the 13th goes back to ancient times. Friday the 13 superstitions are rooted in two separate fears. The fear of the 6th day of the week, and the fear of the number 13. When these two things are combined, you have one seriously unlucky day.

According to National Geographic, Friday the 13th is rooted in a Norse myth. 12 Gods sat down for dinner, when a 13th uninvited guest, Loki arrived. Loki, the god of mischief, convinced Holder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder, the beautiful god of joy and gladness.

Some people also trace Friday the 13th back to the last supper. Again, 13 people sit down to dinner, and one eventually dies. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Christ, is said to be the 13th person to the table.

So basically, don’t have dinner with 13 people tonight.

According to Time Magazine the 13th law is omitted from Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi, which shows that many cultures were afraid of the number 13.

Another theory about Friday the 13th superstitions, is that 13 is unlucky because it follows 12. 12 is considered by many to be a complete number. 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus.

According to Thomas Fernsler, an associate policy scientist in the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center at the University of Delaware in Newark, the fear of 13 “has to do with just being a little beyond completeness. The number becomes restless or squirmy.”

As for Friday, many people believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, or that Eve tempted Adam on a Friday, or that Cain killed Abel on a Friday.

Friday the 13th Superstitions

If you have dinner with 13 people, one of those people will die within a year.

If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone you love will die within a year.

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.

If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

According to the Huffington Post, many Friday the 13th Superstitions still exist. Hospitals and hotels don’t usually have 13th floors. Airplanes don’t usually have a 13th gate or a 13th aisle. Some cities will skip over 13th avenues. And if you have 13 letters in your name, like Charles Manson, you’re bound to have the devil’s luck.

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And I didn' knowabout the hair cut thing and I got my hair cut today


If 7+6 is thrteen and thirteen is my first name and my first lastname but my whole names is 25 letters in it (Alonzso Phillip Gorham Ramos) does that mean I have the devil' luck


And for the record...may I point you to Friday, October 13, 1307?


The actual word for a fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia, or friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia refers only to the fear of the number 13 generally. Also, the original Code of Hammurabi has no numeration. The translation by L.W. King (1910), edited by Richard Hooker, omitted one article.

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