Where Did the ‘Friday the 13th’ Superstition Originate? – St. Lucia Times

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Friday the 13th is a day that many people consider to be unlucky. But where did this superstition come from?

One theory is that the fear of Friday the 13th can be traced back to ancient civilizations. The number 13 has long been considered unlucky in many cultures, with the ancient Egyptians and Norse mythology both having a negative association with the number. In Norse mythology, for example, it was believed that the 13th guest at a dinner party would be the death bringer.

In recent history, the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th has been perpetuated by popular culture. The Friday the 13th horror movie franchise, which began in 1980, has helped to solidify the day’s association with bad luck and fear.

Did you know that there’s a specific phobia of Friday the 13th? It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, but it is not a widely spread phobia and the majority of people don’t suffer from it.

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The origins of the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th can be traced back to ancient civilizations and religious beliefs. While the fear of Friday the 13th may have some roots in reality, it is largely perpetuated by popular culture.


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