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Friday September 13, 2002

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Jason, black cats and throwing salt at the bogeyman

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Wrap your mirrors in bubble wrap, beware of black cats, and stay away from guys named Jason – today is Friday the 13th.

That's right, check your Westernizers, the 13th day of the month has fallen on a Friday.

According to Douglass Drozdow-St. Christian, a Western anthropology professor, most of our superstitions have been created to dismiss outdated religious beliefs.

"Most [superstitious] practices were once used to ward off evil spirits," Drozdow-St. Christian said, adding throwing salt over your shoulder and knocking on wood have religious connotations.

"Superstitions tend to stem from ancient forms of Christianity, such as paganism and witchcraft, but as these religions became marginalized, the actions tended to get dismissed," Drozdow-St. Christian explained.

As society evolved, he said ancient practices, like warding off evil spirits, have become less serious, noting we now classify actions as superstitious in order to appear more sophisticated.

When asked about Friday the 13th, many Western students exemplified just how sophisticated they were.

"Tomorrow is Friday the 13th?" asked Amanda Kotack, a third-year psychology student. "That's it, I am not leaving the house."

Andrew Skitt, a third-year media, information and technoculture student, said his anniversary falls on the 13th of every month.

"[My girlfriend and I] were going to change it at first, but afterwards we realized that we're meant to be together so we can handle it," Skitt said. "Bring it on Friday the 13th," he challenged.

Skitt added, in order to show how secure he was in his relationship, he was planning on stepping on as many cracks as possible and cooking his girlfriend a black cat entrée for dinner.

Editor's note: The Gazette advises you to beware of black cats, student journalists, walking under ladders and making out at camp grounds inhabited by mask-wearing axe murderers for the next twenty-four hours. We also wish Andrew and his girlfriend all the best.

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