Friday, January 13, 2012
Friday the 13th
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia, coming from Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen, or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví, meaning "Friday", and dekatreís, meaning "thirteen" attached to phobía, from phóbos, meaning "fear".
According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a "Friday the 13th" superstition before the 19th century.
In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) to be an unlucky day. Tuesday is considered to be dominated by the influence of Ares (Mars), the god of war. In addition, in Greek the name of the day is Triti meaning literally the third day of the week, adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is often said to "come in threes". The thirteenth day of any month will fall on a Tuesday if it began on a Thursday. If a 31-day month contains a Tuesday the 13th, the following month will contain a Friday the 13th.
Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any process in the physical world linking the two events.
How does this affect us as a society today?
There are billions of people worldwide that are affected by fear on this day. Some people are so afraid that they avoid normal routines or even just stay at home, just to be safe.
I really get peeved when I find a website like this Worldwide D&D Day – Link Between D&D and Satanism Revealed! or a media statement that makes claims that a teenager killed his best friend or his parents on Friday the 13th. ALL because he played Dungeon & Dragons. People do bad things for many reasons, playing dungeons and dragons is hardly the catalyst. People there are just some really bad people out there.
NOW the real question is, how does this affect our local adventures who are on their latest dungeon delve or back walking the city streets of Greyhawk? Are they just as superstitious or more so? Are they just as prone to bad luck as the rest of us or more so?
Maybe I can get my bud Mortellan over at Greyhawkery to do one of his famous comics for us. If you have some time on your hands, go check out his latest article on black powder, great article for all you pirate fans. So what you say Mortellan got a Friday the 13th comic for us?
Bad things do go bump in the night ....