Are you scared to go out on Friday the 13th?
Friday 13th, what is all the fuss about? There are many people who are superstitious and regard this date with dread. I actually know people who will not leave the house, others have rituals that need to be performed to ward off the bad luck. Others, most, I would say, regard any accident or ill fortune on this date to be the Friday 13th curse.
It is all nonsense, of course; or is it nonsense?
The History of the Friday 13th Curse
Just like dropping salt, walking under a ladder or standing on cracks in the pavements, the 13th day of the month, should it fall on a Friday, is as deadly to your health and welfare as any of the others. If you are that way inclined.
It is also not confined to any one culture, this cursed day is a worldwide belief. The Spanish are just as likely to be fearful as the British or Chines.
So, why is it unlucky? There are several different theories behind the curse. My favourite is the curse of the Knights Templar. These were warrior knights who were actually monks of the Templar order. They were feared protectors of pilgrims visiting the holy land and brave and fierce warriors in the Crusades.
The Knights Templar were also a very rich and powerful order. This caused envy and treachery within the powers that be, such as Pope Clemente V and King Philip IV of France. Here is a fantastic article from the History.com website that you might like.
What caused the Friday curse?
On Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defence of the Holy Land.
Imprisoned on charges of various illegal behaviours (but really because the king wanted access to their financial resources), many Templars were later executed. Some cite the link with the Templars as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, but like many legends involving the Templars and their history, the truth remains murky. See more.
However; part of the Friday the 13th hex comes from a curse that was put on Pope Clemente V and King Philip IV by the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jaques de Molay, just before he was burnt at the stake as a heretic.
Guess what? Within months, both King and Pope died under mysterious circumstances. Coincidence? a real curse? Some people point to this as proof positive.
Other Unlucky Friday conspiracies
There is the ‘last supper’ theory for the bad luck and the number ’13’ and this concerns the seating arrangements of Jesus and the last supper. After all, Jesus and 12 apostles with him as they chowed down for the final time.
As with history and theology, its as accurate as people want it to be. Was there a last supper? Were there 13 diners? and, as for the date, if we are to believe the historians, the meal would have been on a Wednesday 13th day of the month, according to the Jewish calendar and he would have been crucified on Thursday, the 12th of the month.
But, hey! What the heck?
If you want to read more on this fascinating subject, try this website, National Geographic.