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Lucky No. 13
WhenWe Started Fearing Friday the 13th BAD OMENS OR JUST ANOTHER DAY?
Have you ever had one of those days? The type that starts off rocky from the start and just gets worse from there? The coffee is cold, the kids are cranky, your coworkers are grumpy, and it seems as if nothing can go right.
and shoots Balder (the god of joy and happiness, no less). Sailors, too, carried forth the superstition.They would not go to sea with a crew of 13. GOOD LUCK? Not everyone believes 13 is inauspicious. The ancient Mayans felt 13 was a sacred number.They divided the year into 13 months stemming from their calculations of lunar, solar, and galactic count. So, will you spend Friday the 13th avoiding all the potential pitfalls (and black cats), or will you embrace the day and enjoy it? After all, it is a Friday!
Some might chalk it up to outlook, others to luck. Some might say it’s bad luck — especially if it’s Friday the 13th. Sept. 13 just so happens to land on a Friday this year, and for those who suffer from triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number 13, the date may bring up all sorts of terrifying thoughts. Historically, the number 13 has been associated with bad luck and nefarious omens, and the ‘80s horror movie “Friday the 13th” made the day a cultural icon. But why do we have such creepy connotations with this seemingly harmless number?
BIBLICAL ORIGINS? In “The Last Supper,” Judas is depicted as unlucky guest No. 13 and the one who will soon betray Jesus. Ancient Babylonians also avoided 13, leaving the number out of their list of laws. NORSE MYTHOLOGY? Another appearance of an unlucky 13th dinner guest happens at the table of Odin.The 12 gods are enjoying themselves until trickster Loki shows up
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