Black History : What were the indigenous Numbers/Months/Days in Swahili?

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Peace Family,

I'm trying to study Swahili from books and I am running into the problem of the Number system being part Arab and the months being part English.

1 = Moja
2 = Mbili
3 = Tatu
4 = Nne
5 = Tano
6 = Sita
7 = Saba
8 = Nane
9 = Tisa

Source:
http://www.masai-mara.com/mmswn.htm

Where 6 and 7 are Arab numbers. As well as 20 and 30, and more.

This leads to the Months being Arab too.

For instance:

Jumatatu (Monday)
Jumanne (Tuesday)
Jumatano (Wednesday)
Alhamisi (Thursday)
Ijumaa (Friday)
Jumamosi (Saturday)
Jumapili (Sunday)

Source: http://www.afropedea.org/african-science/swahili-calendar

Where Thursday and Friday are clearly Arab. Not without irony, Saturday has the number 1 in it; Sunday, 2; Monday, 3 . . . so clearly Thursday and Friday would have 6 and 7 yet neither the numbers 6 nor 7 are non-Arab so one can't use them to find out the original names of these weekdays.

Separately,

Januari
Februari
Machi
Aprili
Mei
Juni
Julai
Agosti
Septemba
Oktoba
Novemba
Desemba

Source: Ibid.

Are clearly English. This site did suggest that there were traditional names of Month 1 and Month 2 e.g. mwezi wa pili . . . but that still doesn't give us insight into what were the original numbers of 6 and 7.

Anyone have any insight?
 
I don't have any insight ... but i've learned already ... with what you've shared above ... :toast1:

I didn't know that Swahili used some Arab and English to form their words / phrases.

It's all very interesting and i'll continue reading and learning with you ... if you let me ... :love:

Much Love and Peace.

:heart:

Destee
 
Peace Family,

I'm trying to study Swahili from books and I am running into the problem of the Number system being part Arab and the months being part English.

1 = Moja
2 = Mbili
3 = Tatu
4 = Nne
5 = Tano
6 = Sita
7 = Saba
8 = Nane
9 = Tisa

Source:
http://www.masai-mara.com/mmswn.htm

Where 6 and 7 are Arab numbers. As well as 20 and 30, and more.

This leads to the Months being Arab too.

For instance:

Jumatatu (Monday)
Jumanne (Tuesday)
Jumatano (Wednesday)
Alhamisi (Thursday)
Ijumaa (Friday)
Jumamosi (Saturday)
Jumapili (Sunday)

Source: http://www.afropedea.org/african-science/swahili-calendar

Where Thursday and Friday are clearly Arab. Not without irony, Saturday has the number 1 in it; Sunday, 2; Monday, 3 . . . so clearly Thursday and Friday would have 6 and 7 yet neither the numbers 6 nor 7 are non-Arab so one can't use them to find out the original names of these weekdays.

Separately,

Januari
Februari
Machi
Aprili
Mei
Juni
Julai
Agosti
Septemba
Oktoba
Novemba
Desemba

Source: Ibid.

Are clearly English. This site did suggest that there were traditional names of Month 1 and Month 2 e.g. mwezi wa pili . . . but that still doesn't give us insight into what were the original numbers of 6 and 7.

Anyone have any insight?
The language is called Ki Swahili, the people are called Swahili. You really have me confused now! Smile
 
Peace Family,

I'm trying to study Swahili from books and I am running into the problem of the Number system being part Arab and the months being part English.

1 = Moja
2 = Mbili
3 = Tatu
4 = Nne
5 = Tano
6 = Sita
7 = Saba
8 = Nane
9 = Tisa

Source:
http://www.masai-mara.com/mmswn.htm

Where 6 and 7 are Arab numbers. As well as 20 and 30, and more.

This leads to the Months being Arab too.

For instance:

Jumatatu (Monday)
Jumanne (Tuesday)
Jumatano (Wednesday)
Alhamisi (Thursday)
Ijumaa (Friday)
Jumamosi (Saturday)
Jumapili (Sunday)

Source: http://www.afropedea.org/african-science/swahili-calendar

Where Thursday and Friday are clearly Arab. Not without irony, Saturday has the number 1 in it; Sunday, 2; Monday, 3 . . . so clearly Thursday and Friday would have 6 and 7 yet neither the numbers 6 nor 7 are non-Arab so one can't use them to find out the original names of these weekdays.

Separately,

Januari
Februari
Machi
Aprili
Mei
Juni
Julai
Agosti
Septemba
Oktoba
Novemba
Desemba

Source: Ibid.

Are clearly English. This site did suggest that there were traditional names of Month 1 and Month 2 e.g. mwezi wa pili . . . but that still doesn't give us insight into what were the original numbers of 6 and 7.

Anyone have any insight?


The answer is provided in the link you provided.

"Swahili Calendar is a lunar calendar base on the Islamic calendar. It contains 7 days."

It's not based on a traditional calendar, nor is Swahili a purely indigenous language.
 
The answer is provided in the link you provided.

"Swahili Calendar is a lunar calendar base on the Islamic calendar. It contains 7 days."

It's not based on a traditional calendar, nor is Swahili a purely indigenous language.

Oh. But numbers like 6 and 7 (20, 30, and so forth) are Arabic. It seems strange to me that these numbers are Arab.

Thanks for insight!
 

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