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Origins Friday 13th – Why are we afraid of it?

Talking about Friday the 13th, we probably all know it, especially our gamer brothers. Now, just digging into Steam is enough for you to see countless horror games inspired by Friday the 13th. This day has long been considered a harbinger of bad luck and death and is associated with horrifying events. In terms of why, then there are many causes, many come after no one remembers where it started. But maybe all of them contributed to the unlucky 13th Friday as we know it.

By the way, I do not have much to write about technology and games today, so I will write about Friday the 13th too. I will group the causes of the “fear of Friday the 13th” according to different categories, including: religious causes, real events and the 13th Friday in popular culture so that you can imagine why we see this day as an unlucky day and become an inspiration for horror games.
Friday the 13th in faith


Anyone who is a Catholic will know the biblical “Last Supper” event. This is the last meeting of Jesus Christ with his 12 disciples (including Judas – who betrayed Jesus). This party has 13 people. The next day is Good Friday – the day Jesus was crucified. In addition, Friday is said to be the day that Eva asks Adam to eat the forbidden fruit and is the day when Cain (the eldest son of Adam and Eva) kills her brother – Abel.

Norse mythology

There is a Norwegian legend about the party of the 12 gods at Valhalla. Everything was fine until the thirteenth person showed up, an uninvited guest – Loki freak spirit. He colluded with the dark god Hoder, shot to death the god of joy and happiness Balder and engulfed the world in mourning, darkness.

Friday events 13

If Friday the 13th only coincided with the unfortunate events of the different beliefs and religions, it probably wouldn’t have been that popular. However, history also records famous events, from bad luck to horror, coinciding with Friday the 13th, that make people neither want to believe nor believe.

The first event

After capturing Jerusalem in the First Crusade, the Knights Templars began to become rich and powerful. They are a powerful force and often receive huge donations to get favor from the European aristocracy. By the beginning of the 14th century, the French king Philip IV felt itchy.

Friday, October 13, 1307. Philip IV ordered the arrest of hundreds of Temple Knights, grafting them on various charges and then brutally torturing, shaping, essentially to take their property and replenish my insufficient coffers. This event could be the first unlucky Friday the 13th.

Recent events

In addition to Philip IV’s horrifying arrest that took place in the 13th century, the modern world also noted other traumatic events that took place on this day. Including some typical events such as:

Germany Bombs Buckingham Palace (September 1940) The Killing of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964) Tornado killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970) Apollo 13 Incident caused Planned landing on the moon canceled (April 1970) Missing of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972) Death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) Ship crash Tourist Costa Concordia off the Italian coast killed 30 people (January 2012) Friday the 13th in arts and pop culture

Associated with religious beliefs and real events, Friday the 13th has inspired countless works of art from novels, movies, comics, video games … They are all cultural products. that we absorb every day contributes to an indelible impression on Friday the 13th.

Today, beliefs about the bad luck of Friday the 13th are extremely common in popular culture and have a huge impact on our lives. Business activities are less efficient because people work poorly and have limited access to the streets on this day. The UK Medical Journal (BMJ) also pointed out that Friday the 13th had a higher than normal traffic accident rate. In English there are also two terms “Parakavedekatriaphobia” and “friggatriskaidekaphobia”, which are used to describe the fear of Friday the 13th.

Above is what I know and refer to about the origin of Friday the 13th and the reason why it is considered an unlucky day. Hope you find it interesting. I went to plow some horror games to enjoy the gloomy nothingness of Friday the 13th.

Refer to History, Wikipedia compiles Gearvn

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