Zamalmal: Babyl. Myth. An ancient sun-god worshipped in the city of Kish. Zemaka: Persian Myth. The spirit of winter personified. Zemi : Among the North American Indians he is an inferior deity, a kind of tutelary god.
“They believed in a supreme being . . . . They never addressed their worship directly tohim, but to inferior deities, called Zemes, kind of messengers or mediators . . . . Eachfamily had a particular zemi as a tutelary or protecting genius, whose’ image, generallyof a hideous form was placed about their houses. They believed their zemes to betransferable.
Some had sway over the elements . . . some governed the seas and forests, thesprings and fountains.
They gave success in hunting and fishing . . . and if incensed caused them (streams)
to burst forth into floods and torrents, inundating and laying waste the valleys.” W. IRVING,
Life of Columbus (1828.) Zemzem: According to Arab superstition, the souls of believers remain in the well ofZemzem, and those of infidels in a certain well in the province of Hadram t, calledBarahoot. (LANE, A.S.M.A., p. 264.) Zephyr: Gr. Myth. The West Wind personified. It has been introduced into modern language
to mean a “light breeze.” Zerana-Akerana: In the Zoroastrian religion it is a symbol of the Absolute. the Eternalunmanifest Being, the Emanator of the Universe. (GASKELL, D.S.L.S.M., p. 839.) Zethus: Gr. Myth. A son of Zeus and Antiope, twin brother of Ampion. Zeus: Gr. Myth. Son of Saturn and Rhea, brother of Pluto and Neptune. He conqueredthe Titans, deposed his father, gave the sea to his brother Neptune, and the underworld
to Pluto, and kept for himself the heavenly kingdom. Zeus was regarded by theGreeks as a god of the Hellenic race, the original seat of whose worship was Thessaly.
He is known as the “father of the gods.” He was identified by the Romans with Jupiter.
Zitna matka: Slavic Folklore. A midday spirit who walks among the corn-fields, and killsanyone who cannot satisfactorily answer her riddles. She has been identified with thePoludnitsa of the Poles.
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