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CHAT: Day & month names (was: CHAT: Easter & the Saxon Calendar (was:Passover/Easter))

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, April 30, 2000, 21:58
Raymond Brown wrote:
> So did the Greeks from the very beginning
Very beginning of what? Of the Christian Era? Obviously not from before then, since Sunday is "Lord's Day".
> The early Quakers also objected to the names of pagan deities being > enshrined in the weekdays and in some of the month names, and simply > numbered them. But this didn't catch on.
Numbered *all* of the months, or only those with pagan names?
> Now to return to conlanging... :-)
Yes, let's. :-) The Kassí have a six-day week, named thus: (Waláaza) Wadlíkanaf - (Day) of Fire (Waláaza) Wanípaf - (Day) of Water (Waláaza) Wanafakílaf - (Day) of Air/Wind (Waláaza) Watisklaanúf - (Day) of Flesh (Waláaza) Wakassáf - (Day) of Life (Waláaza) Wuppáf - (Day) of Love Four of them are associated with seasons. Spring is associated with Life, Summer with Fire, Fall with Flesh, and Winter with Wind. The Festivals for each season must be on the day associated with them. The Rest Day is on the day that the year is associated with, determined by the day that the first day of the year falls on. That is, if the first day of the year is a Water-Day, then the year is a Water-Year, and all Water-Days are rest days.
> But I don't think it was a dislike of pagan names that led Dutton to adopt > numbered names the week days & months, but rather for the same reason as > the Chinese do this.
Which is?
> in several countries where > Islam has spread one finds Friday named 'juma' or something similar, and > the other days numbered from it
What caused Friday to be considered the first day of the week?
> nichiyo:bi (sun-day) - Sunday > getsuyo:bi (moon-day) - Monday > kayo:bi (fire-day) - Tuesday > suiyo:bi (water-day) - Wednesday > mokuyo:bi (wood-day) - Thursday > kinyo:bi (metal-day) - Friday > doyo:bi (earth-day) - Saturday
Which is where I got the idea for the names of the Kassí week-days. Five traditional elements in the Japanese names, six traditional "elements" in the Kassí names. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor