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God did not name days of the week: see how and where they originated from

The Name of the Days of the week are known to be Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

I thought God gave names to these days but
something in me informed me it was not God..

I kept doubting. Then, I went into research and I found these. I saw many origins about the names of the week. Here are they.

First of all, I discovered that the Origin was generally associated with the ancient Jews and the biblical account of the creation, according to which God laboured for Six days and rested on the Seventh.

Evidence indicates however that the Jews may have borrowed the idea of the week from Mesopotamia, for the Sumerians and the Babylonians divided the year into weeks of seven days each, one of which they designated a day of recreation.

I continued in my research and discovered that the Babylonians named each of the days after one of the five planetary Bodies Known to them (Mercury,Venus,Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) and after, the Sun and Moon,a custom later adopted by the Romans.

For Centuries, the Romans used a period of eight days in civil practice but in 321 CE Emperior Constantine established the seven day week in the roman Calendar and designated Sunday as the first day of the week.

Subsequent days bore the names Moon’s-day, Mars-day, Mercury’s-day, Jupiter’s-day, Venu’s-days and Staturn’s day. Constantine, a convert to Christianity, decreed that Sunday should be a day of rest and peace.

The day ascribed by the Romans to the Sun, Moon and Saturn were retained for the corresponding days of the week in English (Sunday, Monday and Saturday) and several related languages.

The Roman names for the other days of the week were retained in Romance languages (For example, Friday,Venu’s day is Viernes in Spanish and Vendredi in French).

I also went deep to find out that the other week day names in English are deriverd from Anglo-Saxon words for the gods of Teutonic mythology.

Tuesday comes from Tiu or Tiw, the Anglo-Saxon name for Tyr, the Nose god of war. Tyr was one of the sons of Odin or wooden, the supreme diety after whom Wednesday was named. Similarly, Thursday originates from Thor’s-day, named in honour of Thor, the god of thunder. Friday was derived from frigg’s-day, Frigg, the wife of Odin representing,love and beauty ,in Norse mythology.

The Seventh-day week spread throughout the Roman empire in late Antiquity. By the 4th Century, it was in wide use throughout the Empire, and it had also reached India and China.

Even till date,we still use them.

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Source; opera news

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