Zabi The supreme being and creator god of the Sangama is remote, approachable only through the gogimi. Also called Beri or Bericono. Ethiopia |
Zaguguayu A creator god of the Guarayu whose brother is Abaangui. Bolivia
Zalmoxis, Salmoxis The supreme god who is also interpreted ”as a Sky-god, a god of the dead, a Mystery-god.” The Getae or Dacians. Thrace and Romania
Zamba A god of the Yaunde who created the earth. Cameroon and Zaire
Zambi, Nsambi A ”Supreme Being, who, having no origin, is himself the origin of all things.” He is a god of justice, who punishes evil doing and judges the dead. The Bafioti in Loango, Gabon
Zanahary The all-powerful, yet just and benevolent, deity, creator and ruler of the world. The Ikongo, Madagascar
Zayahung Yihe Zahasha The wise hedgehog god was the creator deity. The Buirat, Mongol, Siberia
Zena The creator god of the Ge. Liberia
Zephyrus Greek-Roman god of the west winds, the most pleasant and favored of the winds. Symbolizes the element air. Also known as Zephyrs, Zephyr.
Zervan, Zurvan, Zrvan Akaran The pre-existent primeval, hermaphroditic being—”Boundless Time”—the father/mother of Ormazd and Ahriman, the latter considered the first-born. The supreme god of the cult of Zervanism generally considered a god of time and fate. Iran
Zeus Sovereign god of the Greek pantheon., son of Cronus and Rhea, was wise and just, concerned with the affairs of the universe and of mankind, with the sanctity of oaths. His power was in statesmanship, forming alliances in the battle against the Titans to provide additional strength, establishing a stable regime through wisdom and insight—attributes gained in his marriage to Metis (his first consort). His omnipotence and omniscience were reflected in hid jurisdiction over justice, the moral order, the establishment of the potentialities of law as well as of the arts. His regime introduced the concepts of civilization and culture, in contrast to that of the brute force and strength of the earlier rule of Rhea and Cronus, of Gaea and Ouranus. His many other aspects included those of the sky and the atmosphere, of marriage and paternity, of vegetation. At Labranda In Caria he was seemingly worshipped as a bisexual deity—bearded and with six breasts. The androgyny of Zeus too the form of swallowing his pregnant wife, Metis, fearful that she would bear a son who would overthrow him, and subsequently himself gave birth to Athena from his forehead. Similarly, when the flames of Zeus’ brilliance consumed Semele, he placed the unborn child in his thigh, from which Dionysus was born. He also takes on other forms: Zeus Chronos: Fertility, earth; Zeus Sote: Father and savior of man; Zeus Xenios: Protector of politeness and hospitality; Zeus Herkios: Protector of house and home; Zeus Kleisos: Protector of property; Zeus Gamelios: God of marriage contracts. [Greek root "gam" means "marriage", as in "polygamy".] Greece
Zicum, Zikun, Zigara Assyro/Babylonian primeval goddess, at Eridu, the primordial abyss, from whom came the earth and the heavens, and the mother of the gods.
Zume Topana The main god of the Omagua of the Amazon Basin. Brazil
Zumiang-Nui The pre-existent female whose husband was Shuzanghu. They were the parents of Subbu-Khai-Thung, the earth, and Jongsuli-Young-Jongbu, the sky. The Chammai, Northeastern India