Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th


       This is an old post, (from 5-13-2011) but I like it, and couldn't help putting it back up.  The dark, the horror, the what if's, and superstitions of Friday the 13th.

     Like the character in the old radio show- The Shadow, just mentioning Friday the Thirteenth strikes fear in the hearts of men.  So, where did Friday the Thirteenth come from?  Like so many other superstitions it has a past riddled with theories.
     One of the possibilities comes from Norse Mythology,  the fear of Friday the Thirteenth is called, friggatriskaidekaphobia, try saying that five times fast, wait- just try and say it once!  While triskaidekaphobia, means fear of the number thirteen. (Try and say it, you know you want to).
     Friday is named for Frigga, a Norse Goddess and that's where the trouble started.  The Norse tribes started converting to Christianity turning their backs on their gods.  Wanting to go big, they didn't simply ignore their gods, no- that wasn't good enough.  They cast Frigga out saying she was a witch and sent her to a mountaintop.  Not liking the idea of being cast out, she plotted her revenge, with friends.  It started every Friday when Frigga met with eleven other witches, and the devil.  Thus a gathering of thirteen.  The thirteen of them conspired against the Norse people planning an ill fated week.  For centuries the Scandinavian people refereed to Friday the Thirteenth as the Witches' Sabbath.  
     Thou art mad now, Loki,      and reft of mind,-
             Why, Loki, leav'st thou not off? 
     Frigg, methinks,     is wise in all fates,
             Though herself say them not!        The Prose Edda ---  Snorri Sturluson

    Not so fun fact-
     If you have 13 letters in your name you will have the devils luck. Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. 

     Friday the Thirteenth, seems to affect people of The United States (about 21 million) the most.

Update~ April 11th - 2012,  A prison panel denied parole for Charles Manson, for the twelfth time.  One away from 13.

Also, this is the second Friday the 13th with one more coming.  2012 is a busy year!!

Enjoy your Friday, most of all, enjoy Friday the 13th!