Even in our modern society of science and technology, many people are still scared of walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, black cats, and of course; Friday the 13th.
There is even an actual phobia called ‘Paraskevidekatriaphobics’, in which people suffer from a morbid and irrational fear of the date.
But what is the cause of this superstition? Well, nobody really knows exactly. There are many theories though, and here are three of the most intriguing ones:
– The most popular belief is based on biblical writing, as it’s supposed that Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest at the Last Supper. And consequently, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
– Another idea is that the number 12 signifies completeness; 12 apostles, 12 Olympian Gods, 12 months in the Gregorian calendar etc. Therefore the number 13 is seen as odd and disruptive.
– The final interesting theory comes from Nordic mythology, in which 12 Gods were gathered for a dinner party when tragedy befell the group as Balder the Beautiful, the God of beauty and gladness, was killed by Loki, another, mischievous God and the uninvited, 13th guest.
Are you superstitious?