Another Friday the 13th has come and gone, and as it went I caught myself thinking, “Why in the hell is this particular day bad luck?” So I looked it up. And now I’m going to tell you why. You’re welcome.
I’m not a very superstitious person. I don’t think about those things too much. I would definitely have a black cat, no problem. To me, the superstition itself is not very interesting – what’s interesting is the origin story. How did that particular thing become an omen of bad luck? What happened many centuries ago that made people think something was cursed? There are WAY too many superstitions to tackle them all here, BUT we can tackle the mystery surrounding the ominous Friday the 13th…
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FRIDAY THE 13TH?
1. So first, the number 13 is bad luck, right? This comes from the ‘ole Bible. There were thirteen disciples at the Last Supper, twelve of whom remained loyal to Jesus. The thirteenth man, Judas, did not remain loyal. He betrayed Jesus. And that is how the number 13 came to be almost universally considered unlucky.
2. The origin of Friday the 13th has also been traced back to the day King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of Knights Templar – it was Friday the 13th 1307. Double bad luck!
3. The King had been told, by Catholic crusaders, that initiation rituals for the Knights Templar included denying Christ, spitting on the cross, and engaging in homosexual acts. These “crusaders” convinced the king to round them up on that fateful Friday and burn them.
4. This would also allow the King to dispense with paying back debts he had with the Knights…seems pretty suspicious to me
5. As he burned to death, the Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, shouted out “God knows who is wrong and who has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”
6. So now we live under this curse on every Friday the 13th!
Seems pretty alright to me. You know, in the end. Lots of people died because some Catholics lied a bunch and now we, rarely, feel a little cursed. Justice takes many forms, and this is just one of them.