Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th?

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It is the official name for the fear of Friday the 13th.

Are you a parapskevidekatriaphobe?

I’m not. I’m also not afraid of black cats or walking under ladders (though I keep my eyes open for falling tools!).

Because I’m looking into the history of all sorts of quirky human beliefs and superstitions for my new immersive storyworld experience EverTwixt, I decided to do a little research on why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by many cultures, including pragmatic capitalist folks in the States and Western Europe.

I found out that the fear of 13 is the older fear (Triskaidekaphobia), dating back to (possibly) the Vikings, where Loki was the 13th god. Apparently it got combined with Friday, which some cultures also see as unlucky.

No one can really pin down the origin of the fear of Friday the 13th, though some give it a religious origin (13th apostle at the Last Supper).

The National Geographic does a nice article on the fear, pointing out that because of it, Friday the 13th is often the safest day of the year. So maybe superstitions do have their purpose, no matter how irrational they seem.

Find out more on wikipedia.

Once Upon a Witch's Moon ep1If you like superstitions and other spooky stuff, come join my immersive storyworld EverTwixt. You’ll get plenty of spooky nightmares, witches, and weirdness. You can get the first four episodes of Once Upon a Witch’s Moon for free when you join.

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