Ferndale, WA (Vocus) February 13, 2009
This year Friday the 13th occurs three times: February, March and November. According to historians Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the U.S. today. As for the origin and why people believe Friday the 13th is a menacing day, is still a mystery.
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There are references to both the day Friday and the number 13 as having ominous reputations throughout history dating as far back as ancient times. Many different kinds of theories from various cultures and time periods about the origins of Friday the 13th have emerged throughout history.
One theory looks to biblical times--to the Garden of Eden. Supposedly, Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit, which resulted in the fall of man, on a Friday.
Another common theory about the number 13 references numerology, the belief of an esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects. In numerology the number twelve is considered the number of wholeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve hours of the clock, whereas the number thirteen is considered irregular thus violating the number 12's wholeness.
Still, there are several other theories dating back to various ancient beliefs and myths in a variety of cultures, from Norse mythology to the Knights Templar, a Western Christian military order organized in the Middle Ages.
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