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Paraskevidekatriaphobia is fear of Friday the 13th


Some people are afraid of Friday the 13th. This is weird but it is true.

The ancient origins of this irrational fear are cloaked in mystery but it is said that 21 million people in America today still modify their behaviour around the belief that this day is bad. They do not drive, or leave the house, definately do not go to a restaurant and never invite 13 people to a dinner party. Some, for reasons I do not understand, will not change their bedsheets on this day. Why is 13 bad luck? and why is Friday and this number combined even worse?...
 
The earliest siting of the number 13 being significant is a cave drawing dating back 27 thousand years. It depicts a goddess who carries a horn with 13 distinct notches in it. Because of lack of written evidence we can only surmise what this means. Both the Vikings and the Hindus believe 13 to be an unlucky number. The ancient egyptians associated the number with death and the afterlife.
 
 
Many hotels do not have a floor numbered 13. According to the bible there were 13 people at the last supper. The list goes on and on but there is not much concrete evidence in my opinion. Do people who have this phobia have other superstitions? Are they religious? I would love to know. Feel free to post a comment.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The turks have all but eradicated the number 13!

Minnie said...

My grandmother use to throw salt over her shoulder if she spilt any.

Pacman656 said...

I never knew a lot of that stuff. When my family and I went to America on Holiday the hotels we stayed in didn't have a 13th floor. I think it's strange.

I always throw salt over my shoulder if I spill it. I also used to not step on cracks cause I believed it was bad luck.

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