chapter  10
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Pagan time

There are greater things than mere years - grander periods of time and indeed the renewing of time itself, ritually replayed creation. 1

T I M E - R E C KONING

Lunar months

Years, months and days are the fundamental units of time-reckoning. A word for 'month', related to our word 'moon', is fundamental in the Indo­ European languages:

Tocharian A mafi, B mefie 'month', Latin mens1s 'month',

with Gothic mena 'moon', Lithuanian menuo 'moon, month', Ionic Greek meis, Doric Greek mes 'month' (from *mens), mene, Armenian amis 'month' (from *mensos), Albanian muaj 'month' (from *man-).