Posted by Anejo Joe from 1Cust148.tnt1.simpsonville.sc.da.uu.net on August 13, 1999 at 21:20:26:
In Reply to: Two versions of the story... posted by Mikal C Johnson (KtE Cym SOCAE) on August 13, 1999 at 18:40:08:
: Friday the 13th has been considered unlucky since Medieval times in Masonic tradition because it was Friday, 13 October, 1314 that the Knights Templar were arrested and the Inqusition started torturing them to get confessions.
: An older reason to consider it unlucky can be found in the Book of the Exodus. The Passover would have been the equivalent of Friday the 13th. It happened, by the Jewish calendar, on the 14th of the month, and it was the seventh day (Saturday). But the Jewish day starts at 6:00 in the evening (which means "beginning"). So, to the Egyptians, it was late in the day on Friday... the 13th... that the Angel of Death passed over Egypt, killing the firstborn of every household that did not have the proper markings.
The Knights Templars were first arrested on October 13, 1307 on orders of Philip IV. 54 of their order were burned at the stake on May 13, 1310. Hovever, De Molay and 3 others were finally burned at the stake on March 18, 1314.
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