New Hampshire Residents are Ready for Friday the 13th

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Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group

        

    New Hampshire is ready for Friday the 13.Friday the 13

    Paraskevidekatriaphobia is  "Having a morbid fear of Friday the 13th."

       Fear of the number thirteen (triskadectaphobia) stems from the fear of Fridays and the number 13.

    The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen") attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear") 

     Triskadectaphobia has roots in Western culture and in Christian theology.   For instance, some believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday.  Some theologians opine that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday and the Great Flood started on a Friday.

      In ancient Rome Friday was the execution day.   Read what Katharine Kurtz wrote in Tales of the Knights Templar (Warner Books: 1995):

 

"On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars - knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren - in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France - and the Order was found innocent elsewhere - but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force ‘confessions,' and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake."

      Some historians believe the Christian dislike of Friday is linked to the early Catholic Church's suppression of women and the pagan religion.  Friday was devoted to Venus in the Roman calendar and when the Norsemen later adopted the Roman calendar, they named the day after the Norse love/sex goddess....Frigg or Freya.  The strong female goddesses were believed to pose a threat to males so some believe the Christian church vilified these love/sex goddesses and "Friday."

     The  fear of the number 13 goes all the way back to the pagan days.  It has been told that Frigg would join a coven of 12 witches... and including Frigg and the coven of witches... there were 13!  Historians also believe that the Christian church may have considered the number 13 unholy because it signified 12 witches and the devil.

     In later times, Friday and the number 13 were also closely associated with capital punishment.   Friday was the conventional day for public hangings in the Britain.  Reportedly there were 13 steps leading up to the noose.

 

     Be safe and don't step on any cracks, don't open your umbrella inside and beware of black cats!

     Do you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia?

 

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 Disclaimer: Information herein may come from various sources, some of which may not be reliable and may change without any notice. Joan Whitebook does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog and information provided is without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Information on this blog represents the opinions and ideas of the author; comments by others may not express the views of the author. BHB, The Masiello Group  603.889.7600.  Copyright © 2012 By Joan Whitebook,"New Hampshire Residents are Ready for Friday the 13th"

 

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Joan - If I can use the word Paraskevidekatriaphobia in a sentence tomorrow, my world will be gold.

July 18, 2012 07:47 PM
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Thanks for all of your comments.  I had a very trying week... Must have  been that Friday the 13th thing!  Actually, thing got a log better. Thanks Mary Sussie,Teral, Barbara,Ed, Renee, Michael, karen and Jason.. Hope that all of you had a luck Friday the 13th.

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well... were your fears founded? My whole week felt like a friday the 13th!! It was a tough one!

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I know about some of the origins of Friday 13th but not the full story.  This was a really informative article.

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Joan, that was not an easy post to read. Words I never heard of before and can't even pronouce. Very interesting story. It caught my interest for sure.

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