Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Absolutely random thought

According to the Hebrew Bible, Wednesday is the day when the Sun and Moon were created.

Our Wednesday, however, is named for the Roman god Mercury (via Woden, the Germanic equivalent of Mercury --
Wēdnes dæg).

The early church converted the temples and statutes of Mercury to shrines to St. Michael the Archangel. The odd consequence is that, unlike most saints, St. Michael is usually depicted as nude or nearly nude. His feast day, September 28th, was a major church holy day until the Middle Ages when he was downgraded. Probably because of all that nudity.

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