Is the number 13 truth or myth?

-Echo- 2011/05/08 04:37:05
I thought about this you can easily google keyword--->Is the number 13 truth or myth?
If you are religious this might not exactly be a topic for you but if you are interested stick around.

Why does the number 13 evoke feelings of
uncertainty and uneasiness?

Is it really an

unlucky number? What started this stigma

about 13?

means the fear of number 13.

Sometimes, this fear triggers panic attacks, affects

family and business relationships. Is this rooted

in superstition? Number 13 reflects man's fear

of the unknown.

Tradition traces this fear of 13 at the table to the

Last Supper- Jesus dined with his twelve apostles.

The inference was someone was going to die

within a short time. Judas betrayed Jesus,

overcome by his guilt, he hang himself.

Mythology has its own story. The Norse gods were

having a banquet for 12 at the Valhalla when Loki,

one of the evil gods gatecrashed the party. Balder

was the god of light, joy and reconciliation. He had

a blind brother whom Loki tricked into throwing a

sprig of mistletoe on Balder's chest which killed

him ( Balder). Mistletoe is the only earthly thing

that was fatal to Balder.

Into the Middle Ages, the stigma against Friday

the 13th grew stronger. On Friday, October 13, 1307,

King Phillip !V of France ordered the arrest of the

Grand Master of the Knights Templar and his senior

knights and other members.They were tortured to

compel them to admit to "wrongdoings."

And they were executed. Sympathizers of the Templars

condemned Friday the 13th as an evil day.

Later in the 18th century, this belief about Friday the 13th

was again reinforced. The British ship HMS Friday was

launched on a Friday , the 13th , the captain was a man

named Jim Friday. The ship was never seen nor heard

from again.

Do these events justify the stigma attached to

number 13? It is documented that this fear of Friday the

13th costs millions of dollars a year in business loss

due absenteeism and cancelled appointments .

Some "unlucky" events associated with 13 is

the famous Apollo 13 mission in 1970. It was

launched on 1313 hours, from pad 39 ( 13 x 3),

3 of the sleeping arrangements for the astronauts

were timed to start at 13 minutes past the hour

and so was one of the possible splashdown.

On April 13th, the first of the several setbacks to

Apollo 13 occurred and this added drama to the mission.

In many hotels and skyscrapers, there is no 13th

floor.Most airplanes have no seat No. 13. In Italy,

it is usual to leave out 13 in numbering the

lottery tickets.

Thirteen for dinner? Not in France. A party of

thirteen can hire a professional quatorzieme, a

fourteenth person, from an agency. In some big

hospitals, there is no Operating Room 13, to

spare the patient added anxiety being wheeled

into Room 13.

13 is the ideal number of people in a coven.

It is believed that to left-handed people, 13

is their lucky number.

But why is number 13 given such a negative

implication? This dates back to many centuries,

and still holds today in the 21st century.

Perhaps the anticipation of the negativity of

number 13 makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Why could it not be any number?

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  • Doc 2011/05/11 19:44:23

    13 original colonies. in the best country in the world, ever.
  • Headhunter 13 2011/05/11 13:54:00
    Headhunter 13
    Like all superstitions and religions a myth
  • kPOW™ 2011/05/11 13:42:51
    .... fascinating. i never knew the entire folklore of the number 13.
  • Jaguar 2011/05/11 13:39:57
    Hmmmmm... I've heard all this about the number 13...
    BUT... What about the number 23?! Now THAT is one to be scared of...
  • keeper 2011/05/11 13:35:06
    Very good post... I knew of the Knights Templar, and the Last Supper...I was unaware of the Norse reference.. The other things are interesting as well.. whay about a "Baker's Dozen"?
    Well, this Friday is the 13th, so lets see how crazy it gets~~~
    norse reference interesting whay bakers dozen friday 13th crazy friday the 13th
  • David850 2011/05/09 17:01:11
  • Rore73 2011/05/09 01:02:08
    The more I practice, the luckier I get, and 13 cookies for the price of 12 seems like a lucky deal to me too.
  • Treedy Rore73 2011/05/11 15:19:33 (edited)
    lol it seems like a good deal to you, but the baker just wants to get the unlucky batch out of his place of business.
    lol deal baker unlucky batch business death by cookie
  • Beccy 2011/05/08 18:40:57
    Very interesting post thanks for sharing
  • -Echo- Beccy 2011/05/09 05:20:53
    Thanks for stopping by:)
  • schjaz 2011/05/08 15:38:41
    Yes, the number 13 is a superstitious one. But I think it depends on who you are. Maybe for some it is actually lucky. Numerologically, 13 is a 4. 1+3=4. In the Chinese numerology it means death. But in Western numerology, it means...Fair. But there are positive and negative values to every number. Rarely does a 4 reap the benefits it deserves. Hard work. Seriousness. Worry. Dependable.
  • -Echo- schjaz 2011/05/08 15:54:33
    thanks that is very true.
  • Dagon 2011/05/08 13:20:49
  • -Echo- Dagon 2011/05/08 13:57:38
    I never let 13 bother me. Some religions believe in 13 being evil i don't.
  • schjaz Dagon 2011/05/09 15:17:21
    No, it is not. It is based on the arrest of the Knights Templar by that lousy King Phillip.
  • Dagon schjaz 2011/05/09 15:25:46
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/05/08 11:08:08
  • All American 2011/05/08 10:35:00
    All American
    It's all in your head.
  • Farnsworth 2011/05/08 10:25:55
    it's only true if you allow it to influence you.
  • -Echo- Farnsworth 2011/05/08 13:20:22
  • Sol 2011/05/08 09:30:51
    That's not true. cuase in korea, it's not an bad number.
  • Wolfman 2011/05/08 05:57:50
    They released me from the Navy on the 13th. It's been my lucky number ever since. Right-handed.
  • -Echo- Wolfman 2011/05/08 13:20:57
  • DavidZubatuk 2011/05/08 05:56:34 (edited)
    Doesn't bother me...amongst bikers, the number patch 13 started out as a designation that the wearer was a marijuana smoker (M being the 13th letter of the alphabet), sadly, these days it has come to represent methamphetamine.
    marijuana smoker 13th letter alphabet sadly days represent methamphetamine 13 patch
  • -Echo- DavidZu... 2011/05/08 13:22:12
    m.j. with 13 no wonder why is gets a bad rep.
  • sglmom 2011/05/08 04:50:31
    Ah .. interesting ..

    Being LEFT-Handed .. I'd never heard the one about the number 13 being lucky for lefties ..

    But .. there's a LOT of deliciousness in a Baker's DOZEN of Doughnuts!
  • -Echo- sglmom 2011/05/08 04:53:06
    lol i'm a lefty also.
  • txmoni7 2011/05/08 04:42:20
    myth. besides, how can a bakers dozen be bad, right? ha
  • -Echo- txmoni7 2011/05/08 04:46:33
    It never really bothered me but it just gave me some thought you know media and film can change peoples thoughts etc.
  • txmoni7 -Echo- 2011/05/08 04:51:04
    oh, I agree and they use media and film for just that purpose
  • -Echo- txmoni7 2011/05/08 04:53:50
    yeah they do.
  • keeper txmoni7 2011/05/11 13:37:00
    There we go again with the same reference... hehehe... we have to stop meeting like this!! ;o)
  • txmoni7 keeper 2011/05/11 13:39:10
    Hi Keeper! you've been gone or it seems. we haven't bumped into each other in a few days. what's up with that?
  • keeper txmoni7 2011/05/11 13:46:52
    I've been around, just on different things I spose... hehehe... always good to see you!! ♥
  • txmoni7 keeper 2011/05/11 13:50:21
  • Dub 2011/05/08 04:42:10
    There is truth behind why 13 is regarded as unlucky, or evil or whatever but It doesn't bother me.
  • fsadkjf ef 2011/05/08 04:41:36
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    hey im 13 lol
  • ryan 2011/05/08 04:38:26

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