Triskaidekaphobia...

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593

Do you have a fear of Friday the 13th? As my email was hacked today it got me to thinking about the irony of the day?

According to Wikipedia the history of Friday the 13th is this:

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: "triskaidekaphobia"; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen").[4]

 
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.[5][6] While there is evidence of both Friday[7] and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.[8][9][10]

An early documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th:

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.[11]

 
Rossini by Henri Grevedon

It is possible that the publication in 1907 of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth,[12] contributed to disseminating the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.[8]

A suggested origin of the superstition—Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar—may not have been formulated until the 20th century. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel The Iron King (Le Roi de fer), John J. Robinson's 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of FreemasonryDan Brown's 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy (2006).[4][13][14]

 

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2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR® AWREP

Broker Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY 

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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Beth Bromund
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It's interesting to read about the origins of this superstition.  I hadn't ever thought about it before. 

Jan 13, 2017 01:35 PM #1
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Beth Bromund 

I don't think about it either. I simply enjoy the novelty of it.

Jan 13, 2017 02:07 PM #2
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Hi Beth, I am not superstitious at all, its just another day for me, but the history is very interesting as to how it came about.  I don't belive that walking under ladders is bad luck, or breaking mirros will give you bad luck for 7 years...  but it is fascinating how many people are superstitious about these things.

Jan 13, 2017 03:43 PM #3
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Ed Silva
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I had to give it a thought as I picked up my new vehicle today. Will it be an omen of the service it will give me?

Jan 13, 2017 05:41 PM #4
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William Feela
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I have no real phobia's, but I know many who do

Jan 13, 2017 07:15 PM #5
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Doug Dawes
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Gloria Valvasori 

It IS interesting the number of superstitious people there are. I guess we are all to some degree, at times, or it comes to mind.

Jan 14, 2017 05:07 AM #6
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Ed Silva 

I do think we are all aware of superstitions and they do come to mind on occasion.

Jan 14, 2017 05:09 AM #7
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Doug Dawes
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Hi William Feela 

Neither do idea, or I should say there are none that I practice.

Jan 14, 2017 05:10 AM #8
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Scott Godzyk
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I jinxed myself by commenting yesteray about it and rued the day Doug Dawes 

Jan 14, 2017 06:06 AM #9
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Doug Dawes
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Hahahahahaha Scott Godzyk 

And my email was hacked yesterday which prompted me to pen this post

Jan 14, 2017 07:52 AM #10
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