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Days of the week

Jun 20, 1998 10:42 AM
by K. Zaitzev

   Hello Martina!

> But now I am learning Tibetan and look what makes me astonished:
> Tibetans have the same words for Sunday and Monday as we have in
> English, German, Italian,... They build one word with Sun and Day and
> one word with Moon and Day. But I have never heard about common language
> roots with the Asians.

  I doubt that the tibetans had a 7-day week at all. So maybe they
borrowed these names europeans. These names have as it seems the
pagan roots. In spite of common roots of Russian & european languages,
there's nothing common between russian & english names of the days.
For instance, the meaning of these days in Russian and most other
slavic languages is the following:

 mo after rest
 tu second day
 we middle day  (compare with German "Mittwoch")
 th fourth day
 fr fifth day
 sa sabbath
 su resurrection

The names of the months in the slavic languages were connected with
phenomenons of nature which took place in these months and some
(i.e. Ukrainians) preserved them till now, but after introduction
of chistianity they were changed to roman Jan, Feb... etc.
This example with the slavic languages shows that these names may
depend most on cultural & religious influences than on language roots.

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