The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Friday the Thirteenth
On the eve of Friday the 13th the camera captures Cornish thoughts about superstitions.
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Friday the thirteenth may have been popularised by twentieth century authors and religious claims linking thirteen to the Last Supper or the Knights’ Templar but many cultures have long-held superstitions, especially for New Year’s Day or days of the year relating to the change of seasons. Reporter Terry Fleet questions if people are superstitious and the responses pay tribute to superstitions that are all but gone such as not washing or sweeping on high or holy days.
Washing clothes, blankets or whites on New Year’s Day or other holidays were thought to wash away a loved one or to sweep away good luck for the rest of the year. The superstition of not to walk under ladders or the modern day equivalent of scaffolding seems obvious, something may fall on you! The word for fear of the number thirteen comes Greek, triskaidekaphobia and for fear of Friday the thirteenth, take a breath and say paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia but don’t bother doctors about it, they are bound by the hippocratic oath (whereby they agree to uphold ethical standards, also from Greek). Friday 13 occurs from one to three times every year and for some carries with it the luck of the devil.