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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
The 3rd glyph, however, is probably containing more information than
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
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
The meaning of the word 'week' is ultimately connected to the meaning
of the word 'fold', I think.
Saturn moves slowly against the background of the stars because this
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.