Friday, July 13, 2007

Is it paraskavedekatriaphobia or just friggatriskaidekaphobia?

So I was all set to post on how Friday the Thirteenth had its origins in the massacre of some of the lower members of the Knights Templar by the Pope and King Phillip of France on Friday the Thirteenth, 1607, but then I went to Wikipedia to double check and those blowhards said that nobody was really afraid of Friday the Thirteenth until the 19th century so there's absolutely no reason to believe that Friday the Thirteenth had anything to do with the massacre of the Knights Templar except that Dan Brown said so in the 'DaVinci Code' which is really stupid because I think that Dan Brown had some interesting things to say but he totally missed DaVinci's real secret, not that Mary Magdalene was banging Jesus, which she might have been, OK, thus being the first to cry out 'oh jesus' when en flagrante, but that the Knights Templar and DaVinci actually worshipped John the Baptist as the messiah.

Oh and friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number thirteen and paraskavedekatriaphobia is fear of Friday the Thirteenth. Which've you got?

Good luck today.


Johnny Yen said...

My son, who happens to be 13, and I share the superstition that 13 is actually lucky for us.

The fact that today, Friday the 13th, was payday, strengthened that superstition. Last year, he wore the number 13 on his little league uniform, and had his best year ever.

BTW, great book on the Knights Templar, if you're interested: "Born In Blood," by John Robinson.

Jess Wundrun said...

Johnny thanks for the reference. I went through a little Knights Templar phase a while back. Fascinating. A good way to immerse yourself in conspiracy theory without having to wear a tinfoil hat. I will definately keep my eye out for the book.

Dr. Zaius said...

13 is a lucky number in China, probably because it is a favorable reading to receive in the I Ching, meaning fellowship. The number 4 is considered quite unlucky in Japan, as the phonetic pronunciation made for the number 4, "Shi," is the same sound made for the word death. I have heard that no Japanese race car drivers ever want to be number 4.

I don't know about a fear of numbers, but that first paragraph appears to have a fear of periods!

Johnny Yen said...

The book actually totally demolishes the conspiracy theories. It's well-researched and documented.

BTW, my grandfather was a Shriner-- they were a product of the Knights Templar, whose ideas encouraged members to "good works"-- for example building and funding Shriner's hospitals all over the world.

The book goes into that. If you didn't already have a general disgust for the historical corruption of the church, this book will bring it about.

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SequinGloveLove said...

You're misquoting Wikipedia, I'm afraid. Wikipedia said that "there is NO WRITTEN EVIDENCE for this superstition that dates before the 19th century." You're making it seem like the superstition didn't exist at all when in fact, we just don't know.