Born on a Thursday #35 – Is that Thunder I Hear?

Painting depicting the English god Thunor (the Norse Thor), after whom Thursday is named, by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872
Painting depicting the English god Thunor (the Norse Thor), after whom Thursday is named, by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872

Last night, while having dinner with my sweetheart, he said that his professor interrupted his own lecture to randomly say – Do you know where Thursday comes from? It’s Norse. Thursday is Thor’s Day.

I like it!

I love this painting of Thor by Mårten Eskil Winge. It reminds me that it’s a good idea to pay attention to the sky – it could be a matter of life or death. Here in the southwest desert you can see storms coming from miles away. It’s so beautiful! But when it rains, things can flash flood in a blink. And lightning is no joke!

Ah, Thor’s day!

According to wikipedia:

Etymology

The contemporary name comes from the Old English Þunresdæg, “Thunor’s Day”[1][2][3] (with loss of -n-, first in northern dialects, from influence of Old Norse Þorsdagr, meaning “Thor‘s Day”). Thunor, Donar (German, Donnerstag) and Thor are derived from the Proto-Germanic god Thunraz, god of thunder.

Thor’s Day

Since the Roman god Jupiter was identified with Thunor (Norse Thor in northern Europe), most Germanic languages name the day after this god: Torsdag in DanishNorwegian, and SwedishHósdagur/Tórsdagur in FaroeseDonnerstag in German
or Donderdag in Dutch. Finnish and Northern Sami, both non-Germanic (Uralic) languages, uses the borrowing “Torstai” and “Duorastat”. In the extinct Polabian Slavic language, it was perundanPerun being the Slavic equivalent of Thor.[4]

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Thunder Thighs?

In other news, my week has been pretty quiet, except for the response to the piece I posted by Maya Devi Georg called Boycott Lululemon. The commentary is beyond anything I ever expected . . . There were a few comments I didn’t allow, mostly threats to me or comments that were in really poor taste. The ones that amaze me most though are people who ask me “what kind of yogi do you think you are?” (It’s really not yogic to have an opinion apparently. Or is it not ladylike? Either way, the fact that my tagline has “punk rock” in it should give people a clue that I don’t completely fit any mold – and that I might actually make a little noise now and then. Welcome to being born on Thor’s Day).

Speaking of a woman that Chip Wilson, the founder of lululemon, pissed off, Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC rips him a new one in A letter to Lululemon, on behalf of women whose thighs touch.

(WordPress won’t let me embed the video of Melissa Harris-Perry – here’s the link) http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=N_MHP_LETTERtake2_131109

Look out, cuz Thunder Thighs are makin’ some noise!

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