Friday the 13th – Myth or Real?

Although folklorists have no written evidence for the evil effects of Friday the 13th prior to the 19 century, I’m pretty sure people still believed it as fervently as they did today, way back then as well. The oldest known documented reference in English is in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ biography of Gioachino Rossini (1869) who died on a Friday 13th – He (Rossini) was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians he considered the number 13 and the day Friday as unlucky, it is remarkable that on Friday, 13 November, he died.

So why is it supposed to be an unlucky thing? Well as we can see, most Italians have separate qualms about 13 and Friday it only makes sense that a combination of the two be nothing short of explosions of “rotten luck.”

Well Numerology places a very divine value on the number 12, see 12 hours on the clock, 12 months of the year, 12 signs of the zodiac, and I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that 12 will have some connection with the divine in every religion. As the number 13 sort of transgresses from the divine wholeness and upsets the balance, it’s a bad number. There’s an old wives’ tale about this, saying that if a table is shared by 13 people, one must either be added, or removed to change the number seated at the table or else one of the 13 dinners will die. I’m not sure how true this is, but because I haven’t tested this one out yet (and won’t in the future, because who has the time and space to fit 13 people on a single table.) I can’t really debunk it through personal experience.

About the Friday thing, yeah I don’t know why it’s called unlucky. C’mon don’t we all eagerly look forward to Friday? Think about it, if Friday were unlucky, there’d be no TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday – for the abbreviation challenged)

If you ask me most of this is bogus, and mostly perpetuated by literature. Hey I love reading, and I read a lot, so I’m on the side of literature here, but what I’m saying is, there are a lot of things that have been written about and most of them fall under Fiction. All I’m saying is, I’d attribute the Friday the 13th myth in that genre.

Hell I even wear black, on a Friday the 13th and I’m alive and typing. So unless you go out and do something stupid that involves an Ouija board, or even recklessness of any sort, you should be good too.

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