In addition to ushering in the glorious, glorious weekend, Friday is the only week day named for a woman in Germanic and Romance languages.
Yup. Yet another area where equal gender representation is an issue.
In the Romance languages (at least in French, Italian, and Spanish) Friday is named for Venus.
In English.. well, Friday’s a bit harder to pin down.
The Easy Answer: Frigga
Friday is Frigga’s Day.
Possibly the worst super power ever.
She’s also associated with all sorts of womanly things, like weaving, marriage, and love. And, hey, Friday!
The More Complicated Answer
It’s not entirely clear if Friday actually refers to Frigga, or to Freya. Wikipedia breaks this down nicely here, so I won’t repeat it.
Frigga is the wife of Odin, and one of the Ӕsir.
Freya is the wife of Óð, and one of the Vanir, the sometimes-friends, sometimes-rivals of the Ӕsir. Freya is also associated with all sorts of womanly things, like love, sex, beauty, and choosing who dies in battle.
To complicate things even further, some scholars believe Frigga and Freya were once the same deity. There’s a nice article about this idea here, but it’s worth noting this is still a matter of lively debate.
Well, in some circles, anyway.
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