13 Thirteen: lucky or unlucky?

Some cultures consider the number 13 to be unlucky but not all cultures do. Phobia of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. An example of our fear of the number 13 is demonstrated by the fact that tall buildings often do not have a 13th floor, by the belief that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, and by the belief that it is unlucky to have 13 guests at a table. The belief that the number 13 is unlucky may be derived from the idea that Judas, the 13th disciple, betrayed Jesus.

On the other hand, in Italy, 13 is considered a lucky number. 13 is also a prime number, the number of full moons in a year, the number of Mayan heavens, the number of Aztec day periods, and the number of people in a coven. The number 13 is really neutral and it is our individual expectation or intention that will make Friday the 13th be lucky or unlucky. Which one do you want to believe?

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