The Origins Of Anxiety Surrounding Friday The 13th
The fear of the date, Friday the 13th, is scientifically known as, paraskevidekatriaphobia. How it got started may surprise you!Some say there is a connection with the Biblical account of the Last Supper. Jesus was seated at the table with 12 disciples, for a total of 13 guests. The day after this last meal, a Friday, Christ was crucified.
Still others believe it started, when the French King, Philip IV, had the Templars, a very powerful militant-religious group in the Middle Ages, arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307.
More recently, there is a belief that Friday the 13th wasn't associated with bad luck until 1907. That's when the novel "Friday, the Thirteenth," was published. The author, Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, has argued that before the twentieth century, '13' had long been considered been an unlucky number, and 'Friday' an unlucky day, but the fear of the date 'Friday the 13th' hadn't yet become a concept.
Just a few things for you to think about as this Friday, January 13, 2017 approaches.