Hello lovely Steemians !
Today is Friday the 13th. In western civilizations this special day is often believed to be a day on which especially many misfortunes can happen. There is at least one of those days every year and it can even sum up to three per year. But to be honest, no statistic in the world claims that this is actually true. Indeed many insurance companies found out that on those special days there are even less accidents reported compared to other Fridays due to people are more careful in general. By the way, there is something similar in eastern civilization called the Tetraphobia, where people avoid instances of the digit 4.
In 2020 we have three, in February, March and November. In 2021 we will have two, in February and August .. But what is it all about?
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is an actual phobia !
Did you know that this irrational fear of a Friday of the 13th has even a proper scientific name. It is not only a simple superstition, but also a real Phobia. It is called the Paraskavedekatriaphobia. This weird sounding word derives from the Greek language. Thereby Paraskevi means Friday and Dekatreis means Thirteen. People who suffer under this phobia cancel all trips and appointments, avoid public transportation and flies, or do not even dare to get out of bed on a Friday the 13th. It is an actual fear of this day and classifies as a phobia.
Where does it come from ?
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is actually an climax of the basic phobia called Triskaidekaphobia, the irrational fear of the number 13. This phobia derives from the christian belief that the number 13 is equal to the Dozen of the Devil. and therefore highly diabolic. Christian hardcore fanatics back in the day where afraid of everything that was associated with this number. In addition, according to the New Testament, The Crucifixion of Jesus was on a Friday and Christianity commemorates suffering and dying on Good Friday, a day of fast and mourning. Also at the Last Supper, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was believed to be the 13th to sit at the table. This together created the belief that Friday the 13th is the evillest day of the year and led to the Raise of the Paraskavedekatriaphobia. So it is basically a superstition based phobia especially made for and by hardcore Christians.
By the way, this picture I show you here was taken on a Friday in June 2014 ^^ .. There did no accident or other bad things happen that day. They only thought, that a hiking holiday with me would be an easy thing to do, hahaha ^^ I proofed them wrong ;) .. It was in the Stołowe Mountains, also known as the Table Mountains, a 42 km long mountain range at the border between Poland and the Czech Republic.
I hope you enjoyed this little explanations. Thanks for reading ^^
All pictures were taken by myself, ©@adalger, with a Panasonic Lumix DMC. For information gathering I used several articles on Wikipedia
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