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Check back in England in a couple centuries and see how many Jedi you find…
Lou — Ooh, I like that. Yodasday. Works perfectly.
I remember a while back Rebecca Watson had a post on Skepchick about skeptics who look down on other skeptics for saying things like “Oh my god” where she then challenged that person to stop using the days of the week and other mythologically-related terms.
It was awesome, more than a few people, myself included, immediately commented suggesting an atheist friendly week. They all went something like this (starting monday):
“Oneday, Twosday, Threesday, Foursday, Fivesday, Sixday, Sevensday”
What I love is how much they sound like the original names.
This is late to the party, but Greek uses number-based names for most weekdays. Transliterated, the days are: Kyriaki (“Lord’s Day”), Deutera (“second day”), Triti, Tetarti, Pempti, Paraskevi (“Preparation day”), and Savvato (“Sabbath”).
A very late reply to tell you that in Portuguese as well we just count the days: monday is segunda-feira (literally “second market”), then come terça-feira, quarta-feira, quinta-feira, sexta-feira. Most often, just the numbering is said, leaving the “market” part out.
For the weekend, Sábado (sabbath) and Domingo (< dominus) still resist.
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I’ve seen Friday explained as being derived from Freya’s Day. Freya is a lesbian singer/songwriter here in Western Australia. She herself was named after Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.
I’ve never seen this Frigga chick mentioned before. Sounds like some hippy imposter.
I believe Freya and Frigg(a) are the same person. The name is just different based on the Scandinavian vs Germanic origin. Similar to Wodin and Odin.
Freya is a much nicer name though.
No, no – Freya and Frigg were two entirely different goddesses. Frigg was the wife of Odin and was associated with married women, while Freya was the goddess of beauty and fertility. Frigg was an Asa while Freya was a Vanir.
Whether Frigg and Freyja are two different goddesses or the same goddess may depend on whose version of the mythology is involved. Most of our surviving sources are Icelandic, and in those, yes, they are distinctly different. However, German inscriptions seem to indicate that continental folks considered the two equivalent. It’s hard to be completely certain, as German paganism wasn’t as well documented, or at least the documentation didn’t survive, as well as the Icelandic and some Danish material.
What I find more fun is that Sunday and Monday are also named after Germanic deities: Sunna, the goddess of the sun, and Muni, the god of the moon. So while the concepts of sun and moon were translated, up North the genders are switched from the more popularly known Mediterranean mythologies.
I’m not particularly convinced of the material in When Santa Was A Shaman, the main popular source for “he was based on Oðin”. (I get really sick of the constant half-assed scholarship in the pagan community, incidentally.)
Finally, the Icelandic word for Saturday is Laukardag (Lørdag in other Scandinavian countries), which means “washing-day” but I’ve seen some scholars (sorry, don’t have citations at hand) suggest could have been Lokadag (Loki’s day), as similarly misrule-oriented as Saturn in Roman myth, but altered in Scandinavia and avoided in England, for similar reasons why the recently-converted Germans decided to say Mittwoch instead of invoking Wotan every time they talked about Wednesday.
This is pretty neat. It fits very well with the french words for the days of the week. Lundi, Mardi, Mecredi, Jeudi, Vendredi, Samedi and Dimanche.
This is a bit late, but… in case you decide to print this strip or something: It’s “deity”. Not “diety”.
Or you can just check swedish names… they allready are named after gods of old and things like that. Måndag (moon) Tisdag (not sure a old god anyway, onsdag (odin) torsdag (thor alltru we spell it Tor) fredag (freya i think) lördag (something about prepering for a celebration) söndag( suns day)
in spanish the days are “LUNes (luna), MARTEs, Miercoles , JUeves, Viernes, sabado, domingo (this last one comes from domini- father)
Errant apostrophe alert!
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