Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Facts, figures about number 13!(Triskaideikaphobia)

Still many people are fascinated or terrified by facts and figures related to the number 13. Why the number 13 is regarded as unlucky? Is it because Judas Iscariot was the 13th person to sit at Christ’s table? Or is it because witches, to contradict themselves to Christian beliefs, often make up groups of 13, called covens? Or probably because, in a deck of Tarot cards, the number 13 card is called Death? Or is it because several mass murderers have 13 letters in their names, Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer, to mention just two.

Whichever reason you'd pick out, I am here to defy that. In my strong opinion, number 13 is not bad at all. Think about it when the same number is your birthdate -- would that be still unlucky? In fact, in ancient Egypt, the number is related to immortality. In China, it represents perfection. I also believe it plays a big role in the History of the Seal of the United States.

The significance of the mystical number 13, which frequently appears upon the Great Seal of the United States, is not limited to the number of the original colonies. The sacred emblem of the ancient initiates, composed of 13 stars, also appears above the head of the "eagle." The motto, E Pluribus Unum, contains 13 letters, as does also the inscription, Annuit Cœptis. The "eagle" clutches in its right talon a branch bearing 13 leaves and 13 berries and in its left a sheaf of 13 arrows. The face of the pyramid, exclusive of the panel containing the date, consists of 72 stones arranged in 13 rows.

Also, there are millions of people with 13 letters in their names who do not turn out to be mass murderers, like Robert Redford and Pierce Brosnan. Thus, in my own opinion, there is nothing to be afraid of.

The fear of the number 13 is a product of superstition. Superstitious beliefs, in one study conducted somewhere in UK, exist in people who tend to worry more about life, those who have an intense need for control in their lives. I admit that I do worry about life sometimes but not to the point of trusting my fate to a number. I do not worry about the number 13, I worry about the people associating the number to so many bad lucks. How many opportunities they could have enjoyed had they not been believing too much.

For finality, let me just enjoy the remaining 13 days before I become a 3-month old blogger. By the way, the word "Triskaideikaphobia" means "the fear of the number 13". If you haven't figured out yet how it should be correctly pronounced, here are more words: The fear of Friday the 13th is called either Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

I suggest you better be cured of your fear of the number 13 or be burdened by memorizing and correctly pronouncing the words if you do not want to be a slapstick comedian for not knowing what the name of your phobia is. Or better yet, just be afraid of the word PHOBIA -- Phobophobia, it's shorter, that is.


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