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Saturday, February 21, 2009

FRIDAY THE 13TH

LAST week was a Friday the 13Th.
Usually people get all hot and bothered(am assuming lol) when a 'Friday 13Th' rolls around.

I have been hearing the folklore/urban legend/myth for a while now but i didn't know what to make of it, considering nothing spectacular nor bad has ever happened to me on that date.

Ever heard of the Knights Templar?
Ever read the da vinci code? angels and demons?(they were prominent features in both books)

Apparently in the history of the catholic church, the Knights Templar were established to protect the church and they were given the Rule. They were basically like the military backbone of the roman catholic church and they fought during crusades.

Where is all this leading? I am trying to explain the origin of the Friday 13Th date as a bad omen/bad luck day.

During one of their crusades, the knights Templar lost out to the Saracens("After the rise of Islam, and especially at the time of the Crusades, its usage was extended to refer to all Muslims, including non-Arab Muslims, particularly those in Sicily and southern Italy.[2]

In Christian writing, the name was made to mean "those empty of Sarah" or "not from Sarah," as Arabs were, in Biblical genealogies, descended from Hagar"
)


These Saracens then offered 200 of the knights their lives back if they would abandon Christ and join Islam, but they all chose to kneel before the Muslims and have their head cut off instead.**

This occurred on FRIDAY 13TH, OCTOBER 1307. And till this day, Friday 13Th has continued to be regarded as bad luck, a day which portends evil.

Interesting little history right? I think so though.
Do i believe in the knight Templar? I don't know what to think but i kind of do.. to an extent.
Some historians want us to think they still exist, though in secrecy(they always existed in secrecy even in the middle ages when they were.)
I don't know, maybe if i ever did my own research, i just might find one..lol


** I mean no harm by that statement, i know in today's world, we have to be politically correct and all, but i just quoted that directly from a source and i couldn't change the wordings for fear of altering the author's original work.
*** I am a Muslim myself and hence wouldn't want to be looked upon in a certain way but i still have to stick with the facts don't I?
****Thank you.

SOURCES: WWW.WIKIPEDIA.ORG
BERRY, STEVE,THE TEMPLAR LEGACY,PG163-164,HODDER & STOUGHTON,2006.

12 comments:

bumight said...

wow, never ever bothered to find out the history behind the superstition.

me? i believe everyday is the day the Lord has made and i will rejoice and be glad in every single one of them!

Writefreak said...

Never read any of those books, not sure i ever will...

But this sure is a lesson in history! lol..thanks.

Like bumight said, everyday is a day to rejoice!

Temite said...

HA! Me I dont know o. I think I woulda choose to keep my head. but that is just me.

zara (my alter ego) said...

lol@temite.. u always manage to make laugh..lol! u wud have snitched be that!
@ bumight.. i never realli thot about it too.. until i found that out.
@writefrEAK.. REALLY? U HAVENT?? if u love reading.. UE DEFINATELY MISSING OUT..though it might make u question and feel like u dont have much faith, but if u think about it like strictly fiction, its a DELICIOUS read!

SECRET DIARY said...

Omo Oba, ki lo de? Na waaaaa ohhh.

* * *
Mii komment has bin safed, hand will be fiisible after di owner appruvaal.

OluwaDee said...

Insightful.
Tho, I refuse to be botherd bout the whole thing.

CaramelD said...

Yo! How ya doin? I learnt that it is an unlucky day because the Knights were betrayed by the then Pope and the King of France because they were growing so powerful.

You see even though the Knights hadn't done anything and were still faithful to Rome, the Pope was fearful that one day they would turn and the corrupt King of France (who wanted the Knight's riches) fed those fears. So they came up with false claims of devil worship and homosexuality and raided their headquartes on Friday 13th and murdered the innocent knights and tortured the rest and off course took their treasures! Those that were left fled for their lives.

Sorry I loveeeeee history!!

zara (my alter ego) said...

@caramelid, yes there was that too, and thats when their master demolay was burnt at the stake..
@secret diary..lol.. i didnt know i had comment approval..lol
@oluwadee... i can imagine.. sometimes we dont want to question what we already know as fact... i see where ure coming form though..

Kemberly said...

I've read all those "Nights Templar" books. I guess its safe to say that I'm a bit of a fanatic. I don't know if I believe in all those things, but they are pretty interesting to read.

Buttercup said...

fadcinating, i must say..

Vera Ezimora said...

This is interesting. I have never read any of the books, neither did I see the movie. I dunno if I will see the one coming up (Angels n Demons).

That history..... hmmmmm. I don't know what to make of it.

mike said...

Please do be careful about what knowledge you digest.