Days of the week: Tuesday

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Tuesday is a practically insignificant day in the Islamic world, but of great importance for most other civilizations, which mostly associate it with the war

On Tuesdays according to Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al Qazwini

We recommend that you enter into a contract and provide yourself with well-being. Cain is said to have killed Abel on Tuesday.

“The wonders of creation”, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al Qazwini

The day of the war

Very few lines dedicated by Qazwini regarding this day, practically insignificant in the Islamic world, but all the more important in the rest of the world. This day is in fact globally linked to Mars and the war, its main attribute, however declining this concept to most of the known peoples. If in Italian we have “marte (-) dì”, in English we have “tue (- ‘) sday” or the day of Týr, the Norse god of war.

Tuesday
Huītzilōpōchtli, the Aztec god of war

The incredible thing, however, is how this idea has also passed into deeply different cultures and which were unlikely to come into contact so long as to change their conceptions and ideals; for the Aztecs, in fact, Tuesday was the Huītzilōpōchtōnal, or the “day of Huītzilōpōchtli”, the god of war. The only 2 great peoples who do not associate this day with the war are the Arabs and the Slavs, who call it by number: الثلاثاء / al thalatha, or “the third” and Вторник / vtornik or “the second”. Being associated with the war, this day was often linked to death and mourning, transforming it almost into a day of misfortune and thus linking it to the clash between Cain and Abel, the first of which is remembered.

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