What is the superstition behind Friday the 13th?
Although the Templars story is correct, it is incomplete. Fridays falling on the 13th of a month were already considered “unlucky” by the time the First Crusade even began. Early Christianity tradition accepted Christ’s death as occurring on a Friday; there were 13 alleged people at the last supper (two who then died within 48 hours after); and there were only 12 tribes of Israel (considered a lucky number to the Israelites; 13 was one more and too close thus making it less than lucky). These reasons combined led early Christians to hold Fridays occurring on the 13th day of a month to be unlucky. The Templars came later. Prior even to the accepted year of the establishment of Christianity (c.1000), the Vikings had already orally fostered a legend (Norse mythology) that an evil god (Loki) had come uninvited to a feast attended by 12 beneficial gods (making the total number 13) and killed one of them. This legend is recorded in written form later but prior to the Crusades. “Friday” actua
The direct linkage of the superstition behind Friday the 13th is traced to the events on and prior to October 13, 1307. The Knights Templar became a power force in Europe as a result of the crusades and the fact that they operated to secure the wealth of many noblemen, as well as accumulated wealth and lands. The church had issued a usury dispensation to the Templars, allowing them to loan money and charge fees for their money services. With the fall of the last Temple stronghold in the holy land, at ACRE in 1291, the next 15 years saw the general expulsion of Europe from the holy land and the delpetion of many treasuries. On the other hand, Templar coffers were very full and they had numerous holdings of lands, both in title and via pledges throughout all the countries in Europe. Both Rome and the king were placed in untenable positions (via the expulsion from the holy land) and started to move in on the Templar positions/holdings shortly after the start of the 14th century. Over a 5-
According to Christian folklore, Good Friday, the day Christ was crucified, was Friday the 13th. While his Resurrection on the sequential 3rd day (if you’re not counting by hours) was the best thing that has happened according to Christianity, the worst thing that could have happened was for the world to put its Saviour to death, even though it was allotted by God and Christ Himself. Also, Judas Iscariot hanged himself that same day. Three and 13 figure a lot in many different religions and cultures. Some Christian theologians believe that Christ naturally understood the cultures and religions of the regions, what they believed and practiced and even the religions that would have to be converted to Christianity in the future and thus chose old number symbolisms so that members of these other religions would be able to better relate and want to convert.