Friday, 13 June 2008

paraskevidekatriaphobia...

Do you know what paraskevidekatriaphobia (also spelled paraskavedekatriaphobia) is?

Well it’s a term indicating the fear of Friday the 13th, first coined in the early nineties by Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of phobias.

The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, so their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. It may be the most widespread superstition. Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date.

Some sources speculate that the number 13 may have been purposely vilified by the founders of patriarchal religions in the early days of western civilization because it represented femininity. Thirteen had been revered in prehistoric goddess-worshiping cultures, we are told, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). The "Earth Mother of Laussel," for example — a 27,000-year-old carving found near the Lascaux caves in France often cited as an icon of matriarchal spirituality — depicts a female figure holding a cresent-shaped horn bearing 13 notches. As the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar with the rise of male-dominated civilization, it is surmised, so did the number 12 over the number 13, thereafter considered anathema.

But nobody really knows why Friday the 13th is Unlucky, though various explanations have been proposed.

So are you superstitious about Friday 13th?

10 comments:

  1. I had 3 seperate assignments to hand in today, and couldn't help wonder if something would go wrong. But all went well. (Honestly didn't know there was a name for the fear of Friday the 13th when I first read the title I wondered if you had put gibberish in the title! Such a long name!

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  2. I am not particularly superstitious about Friday the 13th. Now, I wouldn't go out of my way to arrange a wedding, party or other big event on that day.

    That said, when I make a list of goals or things to do I will never have a number 13. I skip it and move onto #14.

    I always thought Friday the 13th was about Judas being the 13th disciple and Friday being the day of the crucifixion.

    Really interesting and thought provoking post. Merci, Seeker. Big hug.xo

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  3. i didn't notice that it was friday the 13th yesterday until somebody mentioned it. lol. but i actually don't believe in bad luck or superstitions. =]

    but interesting post. ^^

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  4. This is so interesting, I kept reading parts of your post out to my boyfriend :) Thank you for all the very interesting information on this spooky day.

    I heard a cat crying last night and I actually got scared hehe

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  5. Well, I think that everybody goes like, oh yeah, it's friday the 13th, but that's how for it goes with me. not really into that, sometimes I think it's even a day for good luck. My grandparents got married on friday the 13th and this year they're married for 50 years, so only happy thoughts!

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  6. Fascinating. I had never heard this perspective. Despite being raised in a culture filled with superstitions, I am not superstitious at all. Had it not been for all the horror movie trailers for that day, I wouldn't have noticed it was Friday 13th.

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  7. I'm not superstitious, but I avoid that movie series like the plague!

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  8. hmm i didnt know there was a name for this! thats so weird

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  9. friday 13th turned out to be a great day for me..

    how did it treat you??

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  10. Seeker: I booked a holiday for this day, 2 days in London on my own to shop and see Sex and the City.
    I got robbed twice! First my phone right out of my handbag as I watched the film, then my suitcase full of goodies on the way home.
    Yesterday I did the school run, took Boo swimming and stayed home!
    xx now I believe

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