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Some interesting facts and concepts but a bit dry. Days, Months, And Years Were Given To Us By Nature, But We Invented The Week For Ourselves There Is Nothing Inevitable About A Seven Day Cycle, Or About Any Other Kind Of Week It Represents An Arbitrary Rhythm Imposed On Our Activities, Unrelated To Anything In The Natural Order But Where The Week Exists And There Have Been Many Cultures Where It Doesn T It Is So Deeply Embedded In Our Experience That We Hardly Ever Question Its Rightness, Or Think Of It As An Artificial Convention For Most Of Us It Is A Matter Of Second Nature I remember being fascinated that attempts to change to a 10 day week failed, during the French Revolution and by others as well. The week is a unit of time not connected with natural cycles of sun, moon, etc., and so varies widely from culture to culture The current seven day week associated with the seven planets of the ancients arose from a melding of Hebrew, Egyptian, and Babylonian elements Particularly interesting are accounts of non sevenday weeks, modern and traditional.

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