Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday the 13th


Well here it is the big superstitious day, Friday the 13th. I usually associate the day with hockey masks, teenagers getting killed in weird and amusing ways, usually right as they were getting "it on" and a useful film while playing the "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" game. But western culture has considered Friday the 13th particularly unlucky for hundreds of years. The sixth day of the week has often been considered unlucky, as has the number 13. The combination, which occurs one to three times a year, leads to the inevitable superstition.

Here are a couple of other theories :
Some say the number 13 was purposely vilified by the priests of patriarchal religions because it represented femininity. Thirteen corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year, and the number was revered in prehistoric goddess-worshipping cultures.

Hindus believed that it was unlucky for 13 people to gather in one place. This conviction was shared by the ancient Scandinavians.

Many biblical events of negative import supposedly occurred on a Friday, including the ejection of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the start of the Great Flood, and the crucifixion of Jesus.

So, in honor of Friday the 13th I found a link to great classic Monster Movies and you can see them HERE

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