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According to Myanmar traditional astronomy, there are eight days in a week as opposed to seven days in the internationally accepted calendar. In the Myanmar calendar, the eighth day is added in the middle of the week where 'Wednesday evening' is named "Yahu". However, Yahu is not considered as a significant day of week and thus not included on many official calendars.
Corners per Day of Week
Because the pagodas in Theravada Buddhism are cone-shaped, they form a circle at the base. But the platform of a pagoda is nominally set apart into eight directions, as if it were octagonal, with each direction dedicated to each day of the week as mentioned above.
Signs Day of Week
It may sound strange to learn that there are numerical values for days of the week in addition to signs. The value starts with one for Sunday and increments each day.
Value Day of Week Myanmar Day of Week
But zartar is also applied in documenting certain important events and in setting out specifications of buildings and structures. A zartar is usually made of palm leaf, on which the astrological readings are inscribed or etched with a stylus. After that, the whole piece is rubbed lightly with crude oil, which makes the material insect-proof while giving it a beautiful golden hue with the words standing out in contrast. It can also be made of other materials such as ivory, marble or bamboo depending on the choice of the user. In the National Museum in Yangon has a zartar made of gold, marking the coronation of King Mindon.
Zartar used to play an important role in a person's life as Myanmar people believe the timing, day, date and astronomical signs associated with a person at birth have great influence on the life of that person. For example, each day of the week is designated with a symbolic animal and a person born on a particular day tends to possess certain characteristics: Sunday-borns are usually vain; Monday-borns make ready money; and Tuesday-borns have sweet disposition. Moreover, the names of persons born on a particular day may have some similarity in bearing one of a group of letters from the alphabet.
Finally, there are seven birth signs included in the zartar depending on the day and year of birth, which are believed to have influence on one's fate. They are: Adhipadhi, sign of fame; Ahtun, sign of brilliance; Thike, sign of wealth; Raza, sign of glory; Marana, sign of weakness; Bingha, sign of unrest, and Puti, sign of failure.
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