Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th

I'm feeling accomodating today...eventhough the date is Friday, 13th October 2006. Friday the 13th!!!

So how did the term Friday the 13th come about?
Some historians believe that it originates from that point in time when the Knights Templar were caught and then tortured into admitting heresy. The date? Friday, 13th October 1307. Coincidentally, today IS 13th October!!! O_o
Others believe that biblically, Eve tempted Adam with the apple of a Friday
Other biblical events that happened (or are thought of to happen) on a Friday include
the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel.
The Friday the 13th superstition have also been linked to the fact there were 13 people at the last supper of Jesus, who was traditionally crucified on Good Friday, but it probably originated only in medieval times.

In Norse myth,there were twelve gods having a feast in the hall of the sea-God Aegir in Valhalla. The mischievous Loki gatecrashed the party as an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Baldur, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Baldur was killed and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a result.

'Friday' was named after Frigg (or Frigga), the Norse goddess of marriage.

Later she was confused with the goddess of love, Freya, who in turn became identified with Friday. When the Norsemen and Germanic tribes became Christians, Freya was supposed to have been banished to the mountains as a witch. Friday came to be called 'witches' Sabbath. It was believed that on this day, each week, twelve witches and the Devil met - thirteen evil spirits in all.

Fear of Friday the 13th is actually called paraskavedekatriaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.

Actually, there are so many other reasons why Friday the 13th is called that way, but these are the few more interesting ones. =D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

no more in swinburne..working now..*long story*...

But I'm always at swinb..boyfren's there