Oct 11

Myths & Legends Day

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The name Wednesday derives from two mighty but distinct gods. The Old English word for Wednesday indicates that the day was named for the Germanic god Woden. In Romance languages, the name is derived from the Roman god Mercury. (For example, Wednesday is mercredi in French and miercuri in Romanian.) Woden (also known as Odin) and Mercury have been associated since Scandinavian and Roman cultures crossed paths. Under Woden’s supervision, the earth and sky were created from the dead body of a giant named Ymir. Woden also created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an alder. Also Odin is the Allfather (Alfaðir). He's the high one. Wednesday is known as "hump day", because it's the top of the hill of the week. If you look at the diagram below of the week this makes a lot of sense. Wednesday is supposed to be the high point of the week. When everything is as high as can be and almighty. This is the day of wisdom, the day of knowledge. This is truly hump day. Hail Odin! And in this case it should be noticed that all the days of week the Scandinavians called in honor of some gods or goddesses and this names are so similar to those that we use now.

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