You never dare to engage in any important event on the date 13. Ever wondered why this number creates such fear in people’s mind? This list gives you actual reasons for the number 13 being unlucky.
1. There were 13 people at the Last Supper.
This one is the most common among all the reasons we know. Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus and conspired to have him killed, was the 13th man to take his place at the table.
2. Tarot Card.
In tarot card reading the unlucky number 13 symbolises death. But not always in the literal meaning. It could also mean death or a suffering or a new beginning.
3. The Norse Legend.
All of you must have heard about Loki, the trickster god. As the Norse mythology goes, at a dinner gathering, Loki was the 13th guest and his appearance plunged the world into darkness and led to the death of a god called Balder.
4. 13 letter in a name spells doom.
Any person whose name consists of letters is superstitiously bound to be unlucky or cursed. This might sound one of the silliest reasons to you now but these names are convincing. Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, and Albert De Salvo all contain 13 letters. Or for that matter, Adolf Hitler’s baptismal name was Adolfus Hitler.
5. The number 13 is an oddity
12 has always been the perfect number, the number of completeness. 12 months, 12 hours, 12 zodiac signs and so on but 13 is the odd one. Period.
6. Women menstruate roughly 13 times a year (based on a cycle length of 28 days).
Seriously some reasons are more outlandish than others. How a fact like this can even make people fear the number 13 or make it unlucky.
7. Witches’ coven always has 13 members.
Some people have worked their brain a lot to bring out this significance. As a year consists of 13 lunar moons, and witchcraft is all about moon and darkness, 13 implies completeness according to the witches.
8. Traditionally, 13 steps led up to the gallows.
A park ranger at Fort Smith Historic Site once said, “13 steps on the gallows – 12 up, and one down.” Of course the distance to the gallows varied but traditionally the steps must often add up to 13.
9. Friday, the 13th.
On Friday 13th October 1307, King Philip IV of France conspired with Pope Clement V and ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar, who were protecting the Holy Grail and other holy objects. The knights were later tortured and killed.
10. Tuesday, the 13th.
Greek culture reasons this with the fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade which occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204.
11. The ancient Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi.
As the Babylons associated 13 with evil, in 1910, they omitted the 13th law from the code.
12. Misfortunate Events.
To add to the facts, history shows some of the very misfortune events have taken place on the unlucky 13th like the Black Friday fires, the bombing of Buckingham Palace, Kansas floods, a deadly cyclone in Bangladesh, Kitty Genovese’s murder, the death of Tupac, a freak blizzard in Buffalo, NY.