Happy Fear of Friday the 13th. Just to make the day extra scary, it’s also the day of the Harvest Moon. Bwahaha.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which is an extension of Triskaidekaphobia. It originates from Paraskevi, (Greek for Friday). Other names for this phobia include Friggatriskaidekaphobia which originates from Norse mythology where Frigg is the Norse Goddess for Friday.
According to Fearof. Net., “Shockingly, nearly 8% of people in the United Sates are Paraskevidekatriaphobes.”
Are you part of that group?
Why are people afraid of Friday the 13th? According to the website:
The main reason behind the fear of Friday the 13th is due to the negative associations with Friday and the number 13 in many religions and cultures.
- Friday the 13th is associated with the crucifixion of Lord Jesus. Hence, many devout Christians believe that this date is unlucky. The Great Flood also occurred on a Friday. The Bible also mentions that the Last Supper had 13 members (where the 13th member was the same one who ultimately betrayed Jesus).
- In Israel, the number 12 is considered lucky owing to 12 tribes of Israel. Conversely, 13 is considered very ‘unlucky’.
- In Roman culture, witches are believed to have gathered in groups of 12 where the 13th witch is the ‘Devil’ itself.
- Superstition and fear associated with Friday the 13th specifically grew during the middle ages. This was the time when the Knights Templars were tortured by King Philip IV of France. (The day of torture happened to be Friday the 13th).
- In British culture; Friday and 13 are associated with capital punishment. Friday was “the day of the hangman or the noose” as many public hangings took place on this day. (Also there were exactly 13 steps to the gallows.)
- Many movies, especially in the horror genre, have depicted the day as the ‘day of evil’.