Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia? If so, you are going to have a bad year. The word comes from joining together four Greek words – tris - three, kai - and, deka - ten, and phobia – which we all know. So, it is fear of things with 13 in them and we are about to start 2013.
But where does fear of the number 13 come from? It would appear to me that there have been just as many circumstantially bad things happen on every other date and so it has to be one of those things that are just put in the realm of superstition. Wikipedia notes that the earliest form of it may have been related to the Babylonian code of Hammurabi which was translated in 1910 and the 13th clause was omitted (which talks about death and outstanding debts) – even though they were never numbered initially. That seems totally hocus to me. Every other thing Wikipedia cites is equally unlikely to have created such a phobia and in quite a crazy manner, they then state other events that would appear to have happened before the one they say was the earliest reference – just going to show that you have to be very careful what you believe from Wikipedia.
However, 2013 will not be as bad as 2012 in one respect. To add to the unlucky 13 is the fact that many other think that when it falls on a Friday it is even worse. Some even call that friggatriskaidekaphobia, Frigga being the name of the ancient Scandinavian goddess after whom Friday is named. Each year contains at least one Friday 13th and 2012 had the maximum possible number – three. In comparison, 2013 has only two – September and December.
For two countries this is good news. It appears that Italy and Tibet consider 13 to be a lucky number!
I know I am looking forward to a great 2013. How about you – why do you fear 13?Brian Bailey
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