Paraskevidekatriaphobics beware!

2016-12-21 06:01

ANYONE suffering from triskaidaphobia had a fairly fear free 2016, with just one Friday the 13th in May.
However 2017 kicks off with such a day right at the start - January, Friday the 13th.

It’s impossible to say just how or when the number thirteen got such a reputation. There are a number of theories - that it comes from the Last Supper because Jesus was betrayed afterwards by one of the thirteen present. It also featured in Norse mythology -the god Odin invited eleven of his closest friends to a dinner party at his home in Valhalla, only to have his party crashed by Loki, god of evil and turmoil, so making 13. Legend has it that Balder, a much loved god, tried to throw Loki out of the party, resulting in a fight and Balder’s death with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.

While 13 is associated with the number of people at the Last Supper, the Crucifixion took place on a Friday, thus leading to an association of back luck with the combination of this number and day.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, fear of Friday the 13th is said to the one of the most widespread superstition in the United States.

It has been reported that up to 900 million dollars are lost every Friday 13th through people believing this superstition and avoiding moving out of the home. Some sayings for the phobics or non-phobics

* Don't be superstitious. Nothing will happen on Friday the 13th that cannot happen on Saturday the 14th.

* Fear of Friday the 13th one of the most popular myths in science is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

* President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

* Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

For anyone who really suffers from an overdose of this phobia -the following superstitions would be closely adhered to:

* If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.

* If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

* Do not start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune.

* If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.

* Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.

* If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.


Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.