Gods of the Week





Came across this topic in college while studying ancient Mayan culture for class credit.  At that time we were studying their calendar in particular days of the week.  I wanted to take it a step further and began studying other cultures' days of the week.  To my surprise could not believe how pagan today's calendar really is.  Each day of the week name after celestial objects and pagan gods.

Here is a concise layout pulled from Pantheon.org:

Sunday (Sun)

The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning "sun's day": the name of a pagan Roman holiday.

It is also called Dominica (Latin), the Day of God.

The Romance languages, languages derived from the ancient Latin language (such as French, Spanish, and Italian), retain the root.

French: dimanche
Italian: domenica
Spanish: domingo
German: Sonntag
Dutch: zondag

Monday (Moon)

The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, "the moon's day".

This second day was sacred to the goddess of the moon.

French: lundi
Italian: lunedi
Spanish: lunes
(from Luna, "Moon")

German: Montag
Dutch: maandag
(both 'moon-day')

Tuesday (Mars)

This day was named after the Norse god Tyr.

The Romans named this day after their war-god Mars: dies Martis.

French: mardi
Italian: martedi
Spanish: martes
German: Dienstag (meaning "Assembly Day")
Netherlands: dinsdag
Denmark: tirsdag
Sweden: tisdag

Wednesday (Mercury)

The day named to honor Wodan (Odin).

The Romans called it dies Mercurii, after their god Mercury.

French: mercredi
Italian: mercoledi
Spanish: miércoles
German: Wittwoch
Dutch: woensdag

Thursday (Jupiter)

The day named after the Norse god Thor.

In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag.

The Romans named this day dies Jovis ("Jove's Day"), after Jove or Jupiter, their most important god.

French: jeudi
Italian: giovedi
Spanish: jueves
German: Donnerstag
Dutch: donderdag

Friday (Venus)

The day in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg.

In Old High German this day was called frigedag.

To the Romans this day was sacred to the goddess Venus, and was known as dies veneris.

French: vendredi
Italian: venerdi
Spanish: viernes
German: Freitag
Dutch: vrijdag

Saturday (Saturn)

This day was called dies Saturni, "Saturn's Day", by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn.

In Anglo-Saxon: sater daeg.

French: samedi
Italian: sabato
Spanish: sábádo
German: Samstag
Dutch: zaterdag
Swedish: Lördag
Danish and Norse: Lørdag ("washing day")

"The names of the days are in some cases derived from Teutonic deities or, such as in Romance languages, from Roman deities. The early Romans, around the first century, used Saturday as the first day of the week. As the worshiping of the Sun increased, the Sun's day (Sunday) advanced from position of the second day to the first day of the week (and Saturday became the seventh day)." 


Our days of the week have meaning, named after celestial objects, pagan gods.  It was simple to correlate why today's Christians celebrate the "day of god" is on Sun-day opposed to Saturday (Sabbath day) as told in the Bible.  This alone is not the reason for my apostasy, but opened many doors along my journey of truth.

Other useful links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_the_days_of_the_week
http://www.almanac.com/content/origin-day-names

More to come on this topic!

~ Jo Jo
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