Saturday, May 14, 2011

Black Friday (Friday 13th)

So i thought it would be cool instead of just the usual movie review to unleash my inner historian and give some background information on why Friday 13th is considered to be unlucky or unholy.

The fear of Friday 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatrickaidekaphobia (dang try saying that super fast). In any case there are A LOT of theories on the origins of Friday 13th but the one i will concentrate on and find somewhat credible, goes all the way back to the Knights of Templar (if you have read Dan Browns 'The Da Vinci Code' then you probably know some background information on them).

The Knights of Templar where a military order founded in Jerusalem in the year 1118, their original mission was to guide and protect Christian pilgrims along the route from Europe to Jerusalem during the Crusades. Over time the Knights gained a lot of power, fame and wealth to the disliking of the then King Philip who felt threatened and thus ordered a mass murder of the Knights to eliminate the competition. He of course had to charge the Templar Knights with accusations so crude that death would be the only fit punishment and with the backing of the Vatican and Pope Clement V who would dare to come to their defense. The Knights were charged with Spitting and defiling the cross, homosexuality, worshipping the Baphomet (Satan) and thus denying Christ and so on.
                                                   Pope Clement V
                                             King Philip of France

On Friday October 13 1307, at a big event in front of Notre Dame Cathedral King Philip had previously forced the Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay to publicly confess to the untruthful lies of King Philip but instead publicly denied the accusations and also testified that him and his Templar Knights where innocent men, this of course infuriated the King and he ordered for Molay and his second in command to be burned by the stake and the rest of the Knights were gruesomely tortured and killed.

Legend  has it that Molays last words was actually a curse on King Philip and Pope Clement in that they would also meet their death by the end of the year which both men did which greatly adds to the superstition of Friday 13th. Even though there isn't any proof that Friday 13th is actually an unlucky day people still to this day take great precautions when this day comes around.

 So i thought what better way to enjoy the night of Friday 13th than actually watching 'Friday 13th'. So am gonna do just that in a bit, hope you all have a great weekend!


Love, Peace and Sugar-coated hugs

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