Is a voodoo doll related to Friday 13th?
Is a voodoo doll related to Friday 13th
Although voodoo dolls are sometimes thought to be used to bring about negative effects, a voodoo doll can be used for good in your own life or in the lives of others: for love, healing, protection, and success, but Voodoo to some is a religion, while to others it's a mystery.
Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.
Apparently, there is no definitive date for the origin of the dreaded day of special misfortune. While there is evidence to suggest that the number thirteen was considered unlucky prior to the 20th century, there is no definitive link between Friday and the number 13. But when you consider all of the origin stories, there are all kinds of connections between Fridays and thirteens.
There are some who insist that Friday the 13th is a modern conceptual invention. According to this theory, the first recorded mention of a Friday the 13th occurred in 1907 with the publication of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel, Friday the Thirteenth. The storyline of the book tells of a stockbroker who exploits superstition to create a panic on Wall Street on Friday the 13th.
Obviously, it doesn’t make sense that this book is the first mention of Friday the 13th, because the author had to draw from earlier superstitious beliefs about Friday the 13th to propel the plot of the novel.
Well, another theory is proposed by Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. According to Dossey, who is also a folklore historian, the phobia associated with Friday the 13th is the result of an ancient combination of two separate negative associations with the number 13 and the day Friday.
So if something bad happens on a Friday, and it happens to be the 13th, then...that makes Friday the 13th a day for bad luck? Well, considering bad things have happened to people on every other day of the week and on every other date as well, there’s got to be more to it than that.
The western superstition considered Friday the 13th to be an unlucky day. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year.
On Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defense of the Holy Land.
Imprisoned on charges of various illegal behaviors, many Templars were later executed. Some cite the link with the Templars as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, but like many legends involving the Templars and their history, the truth remains murky.
Another explanation is based on the Christian belief that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. According to the biblical verse, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held which included Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him).
The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.
There has been an age-old myth that if 13 people dine together, one will die within a year. The myth is said to derive from both the Last Supper, when Jesus dined with the 12 Apostles prior to his death, and a prevalent Norse myth.
Moreover, On Oct. 13, 1989, Wall Street experienced what was at the time considered to be the second largest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. As a result, the day was nicknamed the Friday-the-13th mini-crash.
The connection of Loki and Friday the 13th
Loki was known as a trickster. During a dinner party at Valhalla among the twelve gods, an uninvited 13th guest arrived. The mischievous Loki manipulated Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot the god of joy and gladness, Balder the Beautiful, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.
After Hoder shot Balder, the whole earth grew dark. Balder died and all of Earth mourned. It was an awfully unlucky day. Since then, the number 13 has been considered ominous and foreboding.
Even though Friday the 13th has been known to hold memories of bad events still there is no evidence linking voodoo doll activities to it.
There have been many explanations for the association between Friday and the number 13; yet, none of them adequately answer the question regarding the absolute origin of the superstition.
Moreover there has not been any origin between voodoo doll and related event on Friday the 13th. Many people have found it just to be coincidental.