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Sijia Hao Cultural Anthropology Anna Genina 19 September 2010 Friday the 13th Friday the 13 th has traditionally been an unlucky day in Western cultures. People fear the 13 th for various religious and superstitious reasons – both a Norse myth and the Bible recount an evil 13 th guest at a late supper; ancient Rome believed witches to gather in groups of 12, believing the 13 th member to be the Devil; the modern Apollo 13 th was ill-fated for failure. Also, because the number 12 is seen as a “complete” number, an addition to the perfect dozen gives a sense of restlessness and clutter. Friday’s ill connotation stems from Christianity because it is day Jesus was crucified. The way the Gregorian calendar, standard in Western cultures, employs an intricate system demonstrates symbolic culture. It skips leap years on century years except for those divisible by 400, resulting in a structure of dates and days that repeats itself every 400 years, coincidentally causing the 13 th of the month to fall most frequently on Fridays. According to
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