Fear of the Number 13 Is a Real Thing

posted: 01/12/17
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Every Friday the 13th, people start to get afraid. For some it is just a silly superstition. The idea that we might have bad luck or otherwise have something to hide from at that day might seem preposterous. But for others, those who suffer from triskaidekaphobia, it is a real fear. One they cannot escape easily.

Across cultures, the number 13 is reviled. Allegedly Judas was the 13th disciple at the last supper. In the Babylonian code, the 13th law does not exist. And in the Norse tradition, Loki the murderer was the 13th God.

Whether you believe in these things or not, the fear took on even more meaning through pop culture thanks to the popular Friday the 13th slasher flicks that took place at a summer camp and featured a resurrected boy named Jason Voorhees who came to take revenge on Friday the 13th.

Regardless of what you believe, there is a certain unease and dread that creeps in around this day. For everyone. Let's just all get through it alive.

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