Life, as far was we know, needs water, chemicals and an energy source to exist. This is according to the best knowledge of Science. Religion’s existence, on the other hand, needs only ignorance and a monopoly on the truth.

As with life, the more of these necessary components, the better.

That is why I have always found it odd that the names for the days of the week have remained true to their Pagan origins. This seems like something that the Church would have put an end to at some point during then 1000 years it has dominated European thought. The days of the week are mostly named after Gods, other than the one that Christians root for.

We inherited the names of the week from the Ancient Rome (who else?). When the Romans switched from the 8 day week to the 7 day week, they discarded their A-H Letter names and decided on new names to appease the various sects and religions of Ancient Rome.

Monday was named for the Moon to appease the various Moon Cults. (Latin – dies Lunae )

Tuesday is War day named for the English/Germanic War God Tiu, or the Norse god Tyr,  or after the War God of Rome “Mars” in Latin languages. (Latin – dies Martis)

Wednesday is “Woden’s day”, named for the Norse Chief-God Odin. Although in Latin languages it is named after the Roman god Mercury (French/Spanish – mercredi/miercoles)

Thursday is Thor’s day in Anglo-Germanic and Jupiter’s day in Latin Languages (Latin – dies Jovis)

Friday is associated with the Love goddess Freya, or Venus in Latin languages (French/Spanish – viernes/vendredi)

Saturday derives it’s name from the Greco-Roman God Saturn (Latin – dies Saturni)

Sunday is naturally the Sun’s day (Latin – dies Solis) This is a nod to the many Sun God Cults of Ancient Rome who were eventually merged by into one “Jesus Christ” at the Council of Nicea.

Letting this whole Pagan many-God week thing go on all these years has always struck me as sloppy work by the Church.

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