Seven days, seven deities, seven stories?
“A week made up of seven days is part of our modern global culture, but its origins date back to ancient civilization.
The Greeks gave us democracy, the Romans bridges and roads but it is probably from the ancient Babylonians that we get the seven-day week.”
After a lot of research for this article: Why are there seven days in the week? I’ve decided to embark on a bit of a creative project.
Seven short stories, which could be animated (I’m not that good but I’ll have a play) for each day of the week – (very) loosely based on old mythology. Will update you all as the project unfolds… knowing me this could be some time but I thought it would be fun to have a play at the creative side of things again for once.
My first story will (probably) be about Monday and the Nordic Mani…
Monday – Old English Mōnandæg, Latin dies lunae
The English word Monday comes from Old English and is named after the Moon and the moon-god, Máni who is the brother of Sunna, the Sun goddess in Norse mythology.
The early Anglo-Saxons who settled in England, were a warrior culture who worshipped pagan gods similar to those of the Nordic pantheon.
The Latin word for moon, luna may not give us the word for Monday but it does give us the modern English words lunar, lunatic and lunacy – a condition which has been associated in popular culture if not reality with the cycle of the Moon.
In Roman mythology Diana, the twin of Apollo the Sun-god, is the goddess of the moon, the hunt and child birth. Diana has the power to talk to and control animals. In Nordic mythology the god Mani pulls the Moon across the sky while his sister Sunna is goddess of the Sun.
Mani was named for the Moon, and his sister for the Sun. They are the personifications of the two brightest heavenly bodies in the sky.
And here’s a great bit of verse from the poem Vafþrúðnismál:
- “Mundilferi is he who began the moon,
- And fathered the flaming sun;
- The round of heaven each day they run,
- To tell the time for men.”