Monday, June 07, 2010

How the Days of the Week Got Their Names

The days of the week were named after Norse gods and giant objects in the sky.

These names come to us originally from the Greeks and Romans, who named the days of the week after their gods.

The Anglo-Saxons, who invaded Britain hundreds of years ago, adopted this idea but substituted their own gods. The English language has inherited and changed those names a bit, but the ones we use today resemble those names.

SHOOT: Fascinating that the English language up to the present time is configured around obsolete and irrelevant Norse etymology. Makes you wonder how many of our beliefs are equally inherited but actually no longer relevant.
Sun's Day. The Sun gave people light and warmth every
day. They decided to name the first (or last) day of the
week after the Sun.
Moon's Day. The Moon was thought to be very important in
the lives of people and their crops.
Tiw's Day. Tiw, or Tyr, was a Norse god known for his
sense of justice.
Woden's Day. Woden, or Odin, was a Norse god who was one
of the most powerful of them all.
Thor's Day. Thor was a Norse god who wielded a giant
Frigg's Day. Frigg was a Norse god equal in power to
Seater's Day or Saturn's Day. Saturn was a Roman god.
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