Sunday, October 23, 2011

Be Scared of 13

So who brought this theory of 13 being unlucky? Where did this fear or the feeling of having fear associate itself with No. 13?

· The ancient Hebrews thought 13 meant death as thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter M, which is the first letter in the word "mavet," meaning death.
· One of the theories is associated with The last supper which had 13 people attending it. Soon after Jesus Christ was crucified which led to a belief that 13 people dining together leads to death.
· Another one has it that The god of evil Loki who raised havoc after he went in as an uninvited guest to the party to which only 12 gods were invited. He was the 13th god and guest.
· Another prevalent belief is if you have 13 letters in your name you have devils luck. So count the letters in your name right away
· The primitive man always used 10 fingers of the hand and 2 toes for counting and what was beyond it was a myth and we all know after 12 it is….

Who can deny the unlucky charm, 13 brings?
Ask those Prime ministers who have ruled our country for 13 months and even 13 exact days. If 13 gets you the fear of 13, then your phobia is called “TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA” (The fear of 13)

Below points can be printed on the feedback form or put up in the tea stall outside the audi after the show

Friday 13th in months of 2012
January, April, July and we will surely entertain you with 13 these days.

Did you realize that the play has 13 charecters in it? ( if we can somehow make it 13 characters)
All the numbers used in the play are 13. Rs 13 per bucket of water, Rs 130 per head for stay.

If you are not sure we welcome you the second time to #13 Margosa Mahal.

Legend has it:
· If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year.
· The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
· If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck

Possible reasons for associating 13 with unlucky or superstitions

Primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units, this explanation goes, so he could count no higher than 12. What lay beyond that — 13 — was an impenetrable mystery to our prehistoric forebears, hence an object of superstition

Twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the Evil One, god of mischief, had been left off the guest list but crashed the party, bringing the total number of attendees to 13. True to character, Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack Balder the Good, who was a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him instantly. All Valhalla grieved. And although one might take the moral of this story to be "Beware of uninvited guests bearing mistletoe," the Norse themselves apparently concluded that 13 people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.
the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests — er, disciples — betrayed Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the Crucifixion.

More Reading References

Wikipedia -
Sanderson M. Smith -
Mystical Numbers -

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