The Truth behind Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious? Many people are. In fact, you may be superstitious without even realizing it. Think about your own personal habits. Do you have a “good luck charm?” Maybe it is a rabbit’s foot, or a shiny penny you once found, or a photo of a loved one.

Do you avoid certain things like walking under a ladder? Do you feel a sense of dread if you accidentally drop and break a mirror? What about if a black cat crosses your path?

Ever notice how hotels do not have a 13th floor? How many of these hotels have a room numbered 666?

You may think these things are silly, but there are reasons people are superstitious. It may be a left over of our childhood fear of the dark, the fear of the unknown.

It may be something even deeper. It may be a tacit awareness that there are variables in our lives which influence us which we cannot control.

On the other hand, superstitions, like myths and legends many times have a basis in fact. The story behind the superstition may be just as bizarre as the superstition itself. Ever hear of the “Curse of King Tut’s Tomb?” Several people associated with the excavation of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen died under mysterious circumstances.

Did the Spirits of Ancient Egypt assemble to exact revenge on those who dared to disturb the rest of the king? Or was it because Lord Carnarvon who financed the expedition sold the exclusive rights to the story to the London Times and the Curse of the Pharaohs was fabricated by competitor newspapers to sell papers?

What about Friday the 13th? According to legend, it all started with the Knights Templar during the Middle Ages–but it is much more then that.

To find out more, tune in to Ghost Raps Radio this Friday the 13th at 10pm Eastern.

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