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August 31, 2011

Sean Palmer is a modern historian and a computer scientist.  You can go to his page at in-a-midst [dot] com and find out more about him and his “friends”.  He does “random research” and apart from typology of some weird “Cumbric” languages and collects astrophotogrtaph s of faciful planets, what strikes me most was his attempt to prove the Pythagorean Theorem again by himself (click to see proof) even though there already are numerous proofs available on the Internet (my favorite is the bridal chair).  More amazingly, this guy actually created symbols: [Monday],[Tuesday],[Wednesday],[Thursday],[Friday],[Saturday],[Sunday] for days of the week because he disliked M T W R F S S.

Aside:   “How do you count in a karate session?”

Answer:  “Ichi, Ni, San, Shi, Go, …”

Aside:  “How do you count in a Tai Kwan Do session?”

Answer:  “Hana, Dool, Set, Net, Dasut, Yasut, …”

Aside: “How do you count in English in a dance class or a gym session?”

Answer: “Five! Six! Seven! Eight!”

Ha, ha!  Wasn’t that funny?  But back to the main point, if you listen to how the Japanese say the days of the week in Nihongo and how the Korean say the days of the week in Hangul, (and not know one of the two languages), you’ll be surprise how similar they sound.  Somebody said there are two different ways to count in Korean and there are also two different ways to count in Japanese.  One way sounds very much like Chinese.  And this is no surprise.  The Chinese has culture/language influence on the Koreans who in turn has a heavy influence on the Japanese.  So one way of counting (of Korean and japanese) is the so-called Chinese way.

Back to Mr. Palmer, if Mr. Palmer were Korean or Chinese or Japanese (or knew one of this language), he won’t be inventing these new symbols (click on the links to see his symbols).  And although these symbols have their origins in the Babylonians, they were actually used by the Koreans and the Japanese!  So it seems with a great possibility that the ancient Chinese who influenced the Japanese and Korean on their 七曜 knows about the Babylonians who used them?  Or are these observations of different civilizations (be it Greek, Chinese or the Romans) who saw the same stars and constellation night after night?

I leave it to your own judgment after comparing the table here on 曜日  or 요 일

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