Friday 13, What’s Behind?

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As I wrote in my book, Ukrainian superstitions sometimes seem to be weird and illogical. However, not all of them are meaningless. Besides mythical explanation, omens often are of large practical meaning. Let us talk about the origin of the most common ones. Oh, I feel that I am not alone now, some mystical spirits guiding my fingers on the keyboard. Ah!

Friday 13 makes Ukrainian shiver with fear. Popular superstition became widespread due to historical events. On Friday, October 13th, 1307, King Philip IV of France, in league with Pope Clement V ordered all Templars to be rounded up and thrown in prison. The Knights were accused of numerous crimes including heresy and treason. After a short court trial, all of them were burnt on fire. Thereafter this day is considered to be unhappy. Ukrainians (along with other nations) believe that bad news is delivered on Friday 13, and many important deeds remain to be unsuccessful”.

Are you superstitious?

Hope your Friday 13 will be lucky!

Yours Ann

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One thought on “Friday 13, What’s Behind?

  1. The story you’ve told is the one we often link to Friday 13th in Britain, too. It’s certainly a gruesome enough tale to make people remember that date.
    The other common story regarding ‘unlucky’ Friday 13 is connected to Jesus’ Last Supper. It is believed there were 13 people at that meal, which took place on the night before Jesus’ death – which was on a Friday.
    There are other stories around too, but these two are the main ones, as far as I know.
    I hope those ‘mystical spirits’ guide your fingers to write a great book, Ann! 😀

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