Le Friday 13 is considered in popular culture to be a day for some people, cursed and for others lucky or even beneficial.

Let’s start by asking ourselves this question: when was born for the first time the superstition of Friday 13th?

If we move towards the point of view of historians, today’s first perception as being cursed would go back to the time of the fall of the Order of the Knights Templar. This organization, which was at the same time religious, military and financial, declined on Friday, October 13, 1307, when King Philippe le Bel of France ordered William of Nogaret, his right-hand man, to close all the commanderies and arrest the Templars and their main leaders, including the Grand Master of the Order: Jacques de Molay.

The warrior monks are then accused of practicing sodomy, idolizing the Devil and in the process of integrating their Order, of denying the cross of Christ by spitting on it.

It is since Friday, October 13, 1307 that this day has been considered cursed, because the most powerful organization in the world at that time was dismantled on the basis of accusations that are mostly dubious.

If, on the other hand, we analyze the point of view of specialists in the history of religions, the myth of the curse of Friday the 13th would be much older and would date back to the time of Genesis when Adam and Eve bit the forbidden apple from the Garden of Eden after being tempted by the Devil represented as a serpent. Theologians bring other arguments in this direction by evoking the Last Supper, an episode in the life of Jesus Christ where he would share his last meal with his apostles, who are supposed to be 12, and there were 13 people and it took place on a Friday. The thirteenth person too many is referred to as Judas, the one who is supposed to have betrayed Jesus according to the Bible.

Have there been other concrete facts throughout history that would attempt to demonstrate that Friday the 13th is a cursed day?

Answering this question about the supposed curse of Friday the 13th may seem complex, especially if you are not open about superstitions. Nevertheless, there were other significant events that took place on Friday the 13th, such as the death of the American rapper Tupac Shakur, who was murdered on Friday the 13th of September 1996 in the streets of Las Vegas, the city of the game. Or a fact closer to our century, such as the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany, which also took place on Friday 13 January 2012.

Why for some people, Friday the 13th is on the contrary a day perceived as lucky?

Certainly, because of the exploitation of this superstition by the gambling powers who take advantage, when next Friday the 13th, to raise the earnings of their current jackpot so that more consumers participate. So for the people who tried their luck that day and won the jackpot, it was beneficial for them in the sense that it changed their way of life considerably.

Since the myth of this superstition that has become from century to century popular, the debate on today’s curse or blessing continues to drive passions today.

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