Do you have Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Posted by Atticus on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Well, do you?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is another way of saying fear of Friday the thirteenth. Inasmuch as one is coming up in a few days, it would be fun to review some facts about this phenomenon.

Frigga is the name of the Norse Goddess for whom the day Friday is named. She was the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labelled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil — a gathering of thirteen — and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week.

For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath."

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. Put them both together and what have you got?  Fear of Friday the 13th!

It is near on an impossible feat to really know how many people suffer from this phobia. But I think it is safe to say that probably everybody you know, including yourself takes caution on this day despite your superstitious beliefs.

Some people are so frightened that they won't get out of bed, carry out normal business, take a trip or make any important decisions. Although it seems that the airports would likewise be devoid of flyers, airlines report bookings remain unchanged. So for those who are fearful of Friday the 13th, there must be an equal number of fearless opportunists, who snap up the empty seats.

Some consider twelve to be a perfect number; 12 months to year, 12 to a dozen, 12 zodiac signs, 12 apostles, etc. Thirteen is imperfect and inferentially bad luck. It is argued that if thirteen people sit around a dinner table, one will die. At least that can be inferred from DaVinci's immortal painting, The Last Supper. Maybe RiPA will hold an upcoming experiment to test this....

Of the days of the week, Friday is often considered an unlucky day. Those in the Biblical know say that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden on a Friday, Noah's flood started on a Friday, and Christ was crucified on a Friday. Christians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so Friday and 13 make a deadly combination Others, though, think Friday is a great day, principally because it is the end of the traditional five day work week.

Other oddities, which may be coincidences, wherein Friday the thirteenth took a bad rap include the start of the ill timed Battle of Hastings on Friday, October 13, 1066 and the arrest of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307. The idea of the bad karma of Friday the thirteenth didn't gain any traction until the nineteenth century. The whole notion appears to be more fluff than substance, similar to the black cat and the walking under a ladder bad luck associations. Check out this site to map out all of the Fridays, which fall on the 13th
So what are RiPA doing for May's Friday 13th?
RiPA have arranged with the lovely folks at
MKDC (Milton Keynes Discovery Centre)
to test your conditioning of Friggatriskaidekaphobia at Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes.

Bradwell Abbey is said to be home to many discarnate souls and with a history such as the one attributed to the Abbey, is it any wonder? From the ghosts of Monks and Maids to a little bit of child-play, will anything turn up on the night of Friday 13th May to make you question your beliefs?

The night kicks off from 9pm where a quick introduction to RiPA and the night ahead will take place. I just want to take this opportunity to state that RiPA are not a tour/events company. RiPA are an organisation that studies paranormal scientific claims so you can be sure, should anything happen to you on the night, in the walls of the Abbey, will not be a fabrication on our part.

To attend this night of magic, mystery and perhaps ghosts, all you need to do is either pay on arrival, or for your convenience just click the paypal button below:

                    You will recieve email confirmation. This is your ticket.
                                         Give your name at the door.