Although for many the thought of Friday the 13th brings to mind that of a serial killer wielding a hockey mask (talk about branding there), for others this day, often considered unlucky, is the day when innocent animals are tortured due to their coloring, and sacrificed on homemade altars.
For me, well, this day is another one that I look forward to. It’s not a holiday, per se, but it is a day when we enjoy darker themes in fiction, movies, and multimedia. I’d even say that it is a day when we embrace the darkness (but those who trade in stocks might just notice a lower yield, which is known as the Friday the 13th Effect).
But what about the history of this day? Why are we so superstitious?
I scoured the internet to find the origins, and found three interesting sites for you to check out.
- According to Snopes: „The reasons why Friday came to be regarded as a day of bad luck have been obscured by the mists of time — some of the more common theories link it to a significant event in Christian tradition said to have taken place on Friday, such as the Crucifixion, Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the beginning of the Great Flood, or the confusion at the Tower of Babel.“
- Continuing on that note, the National Geographer makes a point that it could lie with an ingrain fear of the number 13, called triskaidekaphobia, And in reference to said number, „The taboo against the number 13 spread with Christianity and into non-Christian areas, noted Phillips Stevens, Jr., an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Buffalo in New York.“It became extremely widespread through the Euro-American world, embedded in culture, [and] extremely persistent,“ he said.
- On the DeutscheWelle site, they have a great article that provides a little more reasoning behind this. The fear of the number 13 has spawned many things including the missing 13th floors in hotels, the 13 Club (where if 13 are together no one can die), the Norse Myth of Loki, to even changing language to depict the madness that the number 13 can bring with it (for example, the German expression, Jetzt schlägt’s dreizehn — which means now the 13th hour has come,“ refers to something surprising or maddening.)
I learn something new everyday! So, happy to share all of this. Well, for me, I choose to embrace the 13th (and I just might have to adopt the German expression).