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Latest update : 2009-11-13

Friday 13th – lucky or unlucky?

The Daily Telegraph in Sydney goes back over the history of suspicions associated with Friday 13th. In France, it’s a day of good luck but for most of the Western World, it’s associated with doom and gloom.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the term coined by an American Stress Management Centre for the irrational fear of Friday 13th, according to the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.

The paper says the fear of Friday 13th probably only goes back to the 19th century. The earliest reference was in the biography of Italian composer Gioachomo Rossini. His biographer wrote, “Like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day and 13 as an unlucky number. It is remarkable that on Friday 13th November, he died.”


But 13 has not always been an unlucky number. In the Mayan pantheon, moon goddesses were often depicted with 13 jewels.
In many South American religions there are 13 founder gods.


Other stories covered in today’s international papers:

The Irish Independent
Irish PM dons his football pundit cap

The Irish Times
French players insist they need to trust in themselves

Le Parisien
Algerian players attacked in Egypt

Tout sur l’Algérie
Greens savagely assaulted as soon as they arrive in Cairo…

The Guardian
Spanish region launches ‘hands on’ sex education.


The Irish Independent
Ryanair accused of a serious lack of imagination after the airline insisted its 2012 cabin crew calendar was “art”.

 

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