THE GODS OF THE WEEK

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Days pass by and we don't know how the ancient gods influence our lives. Every day is dedicated to a god, something we have forgotten. We will see below how in a week we can go through the ancient history of the western world.

Let's start with the Sunday coming from DOMINUS, the day of the Lord, although in Latin it was said DIES SOLIS, the day of the sun which is the same as in English SUNDAY.

MONDAY comes from the moon, DIES LUNAE in Latin and English MONDAY, and in ancient English Mōnandæg, much like MONTAG in German. As a curious note, the Moon is personified by a god, Mani, masculine. While the sun is a feminine godness, totally the opposite than in the Latin languages.

TUESDAY, is the god of war Mars, DIES MARTIS. In ancient English, Tīwesdæg, which means "Tiw day." Tiw (or in Scandinavian mythology Týr) was a one-handed god associated with combat. From this god comes TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY by Wotan Viking, also called Odin. In Latin is DIES MERCURII, Wodan and Mercury were considered guides of the soul after death, in their respective mythologies; almost the same god with different names. An interesting point, in some languages the Wednesday is the middle of the week. That's why Icelandic Miðviku, German Mittwoch and Finnish Keskiviikko; all mean the middle of the week.

THURSDAY, jueves in Spanish and dies jovis in Latin, comes from Jove or Jupiter, it was Thor's day, THURSDAY. Old English Þūnresdæg, which means'day of Þunor'. Þunor is the thunder or its embodiment, the Nordic god called Thor. That's why in German Donnerstag is the day of thunder.

FRIDAY is the day of venus and in the Germanic world of the goddess Freyja, hence FRIDAY.

SATURDAY is a special day because it comes from the Jewish tradition, the Sabbath, while in the Germanic languages it is related to Saturn, hence SATURDAY.

But there is a language that distances itself from so many pagan gods and connects with Christian Jewish monotheism, Portuguese. This language maintains the Jewish Sabbath and Christian Sunday. The rest of the days are totally simplified because they are mentioned by their number segunda-feira, terça-feira, quarta-feira, quinta-feira y sexta-feira. Feira can be translated into the English word Market. Very interesting approach because we are really in the market during the working days.