TRANSLATION

Although all translations at this early stage of the investigation are bound to be inadequate, or worse quite misleading, I anyhow think it is necessary to try it. Because such effors will certainly show where there are important missing pieces in the puzzle.

Here I will therefore repeat the very preliminary ideas about what the text in Large Santiago Tablet has to say about the week.

SUNDAY

We should avoid trying to press out precise and full meanings from all the glyphs in the calendar of the week. Untrue statements - even if labeled as only ideas - have a nasty tendency gradually to change into statements of belief.

Therefore it is better now to try to get the larger picture. As I perceive this there is a pattern which dominates the three calendars (the week, the month and the year). This pattern is what life instructs us: birth, growth, maturity, decay, death and resurrection.

I believe that this pattern can be more or less clearly observed everywhere in the three calendars. Take Sunday as an example. In the morning Sun is rising by way of a canoe arriving up at the horizon in the east. He grows larger and warmer as the day continues. After a maximum there is a gradual lessening of his power. In the evening, at sunset, even the Sun 'dies':

With some imagination the canoe of the Sun (no. 2 from the left) and the tired Sun (no. 5) can be seen. But what about nos. 3 and 4?

No. 4 perhaps is showing the Sun as its maximum, with full power flying high above like his Egyptian counterpart Horus the falcon.

No. 3 must then be an earlier stage. The glyph looks like a person hanging upside down. I think it may very well represent the initiation phase (when a young person must 'die' in order to reach maturity and manhood).

MONDAY

This is Monday:

The idea of a structure showing birth etc can also be seen in the glyphs for this day.

Glyph nos. 2-3 and 4-5 I think show the two phases of Waxing and Waning Moon. I am fairly certain and therefore suggest this. Not only an idea.

For glyph no. 7 I have the idea that it might show the phase of New Moon, i.e. the moon is not visible at all.

Where is the Full Moon? I guess that phase very well can be illustrated in glyph no. 6. Evidently we can see the shape of the moon with an additonal triangular sign in the middle. This sign maybe shows the turnover from Waxing to Waning Moon which occurs at the time of the full moon.

The last glyph, no. 8, I guess may be translated e.g. as marama or tea, words used to denote light colour. That could be a comment on the usefulness of the moon as giving light when it is dark.

If all these loose threads of mine are correct, then the text for Monday is divided into four parts: 1. The introduction of the ruler of the day. 2. The two phases of Waxing and Waning Moon. 3. The two phases of Full and New Moon. 4. A final emphasis on the white colour of the moon.

TUESDAY

This is Tuesday:

The structure of birth, growth, maturity, decline and death is not possible to use in its full extension here. Mars never gets black.

Instead the structure perhaps shows the different phases of the planet like the shape of a red double-canoe, the image of which is varying in its intensity and power because of the vast travels across the ocean of the sky.

WEDNESDAY

This is Wednesday:

The disorderly behaviour of Mercury defies any structure. Is that what is shown in glyph no. 2? The picture of an amazed man, looking up at the sky, mouth agape and holding his hand in front of himself as if in want of something to grasp hold of? Possibly, but probably not.

Mercury is difficult to observe, close to the sun and often not visible. This might be shown in glyphs no. 3 and 5, signs indicating 'New' Mercury.

Between these two glyphs we can see a glyph which clearly shows disorder. Perhaps what is shown is Mercury's orbit around the sun.

The last glyph, no. 6, perhaps is a message of the central position of Wednesday in the week. Counting glyphs we find 21 such before glyph no. 6 in Wednesday and 20 after. Does this mean that the final glyph in Wednesday belongs to the second half of the week?

The circumference of glyph no. 6 is similar to the 'orbit' (should it have been in order) of glyph no. 4. In a way the week is forever circulating in time.

THURSDAY

This is Thursday:

Thursday is the day of thunder and therefore presumably of rain and lightning. Twins (glyph no. 4 from the left) signify fertility and withouth rain no growth.

Rain and things growing means that the period of hunger is over. Time for feasting. Glyphs nos. 5 and 7 perhaps are signs indicating 'kava' (= ginger on Easter Island).

And glyphs nos. 3, 6 and 8 probably show people sitting down and eating.

At first though the Gods must be given their share of the best, perhaps illustrated in glyph no. 2.

And glyph no. 9? Some of the global myths about twins talk about one of the twins as being changed into a star. To get there presumably he must fly.

FRIDAY

This is Friday:

The day of Venus, as described earlier, has perhaps in glyph no. 2 a picture of hiding and in glyph no. 3 the two 'faces' of morning and evening 'star'.

The 3rd glyph, however, is probably containing more information than that. If we for a moment imagine that we could bend the week in the middle, in Wednesday, and let the two parts of the week come together, then Friday will come into contact with Monday (and Thursday with Tuesday and Saturday with Sunday).

As the Chinese of old regarded Friday as the day of the element of gold, then this contact between Friday and Monday seems correct. Because the Moon is silvery. The two women are coming together, one wearing gold and the other silver.

The meaning of the word 'week' is ultimately connected to the meaning of the word 'fold', I think.

SATURDAY

This is Saturday:

Saturn moves slowly against the background of the stars because this planet is so far away. And a person who moves slowly must surely be very old. Young people are quick and full of life, whereas old people who move towards their death are in no hurry.

Is the last glyph (no. 8) showing the spirit arising towards heaven? Is this type of glyph to be translated as 'spirit in the sky'?

The 6th glyph is perhaps a rei miro, i.e. a wooden pendant shaped like a boat which only chiefs were allowed to wear. If so, then that would suit Saturday, because that is the day of the chief.

The 7th glyph looks similar to the glyphs nos. 3 and 5  in Monday, but it is certainly not the same. It could therefore mean anything. But if I were forced to guess I would propose that it shows a 'spirit leaping-place' (reinga). On many Polynesian islands such a place was necessary for the spirit to be able to launch itself up into the sky.

The 2nd glyph I leave to the reader for the moment.