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John Zaffis (1955-p) – a demonologist and the star of Haunted Collector; the nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum – a repository of creepy and cursed items collected by TV show host Zak Bagans over his years of ghost hunting, which include the VW death van owned by Dr. Jack Kevorkian; a haunted house turned museum located at 600 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

 

Zener cards – a set of 25 cards, having five of five different shapes – a circle, a cross, a square, a set of three wavy lines and a star – that are used by parapsychologists to detect clairvoyance in an individual; an experiment created by perceptual psychologist Karl Zener

 

Zeus – in Ancient Greek religion, the sky god and king of the gods of Mount Olympus; the son of Cronus and Rhea; the husband of Hera; as a philanderer, he fathered many children – Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Minos and the Muses among many others; the pagan god mentioned in biblical scripture, in Acts 14:8-13 and Acts 28:11; his Roman counterpart is Jupiter [PIE Dyeus “Sky God”] SYN Deus, Iuppiter, Jove, Allfather, Cloud-Gatherer

ziz – in Jewish mythology, a giant griffon-like bird; it's mentioned in two biblical places, Psalms 50:11 and Psalms 80:13-14 SYN renanin, sekwi, bariuchne

Zodiac – a set of 12 constellations, one for each month, that are believed to influence people and their personalities; in order, they are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces [Greek zoidiakòs “pertaining to little animals”] SYN astrology, horoscope

 

"The Zohar" (c. 13th century) – the primary book of Jewish Kabbalism and a mystical interpretation of the Pentateuch; it contains a wide array of topics such as mythical cosmogony, psychology, the nature of God, the origin of the universe, redemption and the purpose of life [Hebrew “splendor; radiance”]

zombie – a dead person reanimated through the use of magic; a word that was introduced to Western culture through a book, The Magic Island by W. B. Seabrook in 1929 [Kongo zombi “god; fetish”] SYN undead, xidachane, maduxwane

 

zombie apocalypse – the end of the world via an infestation of zombies; a popular theme of horror writing SYN zombie plague 

 

Zone of Silence – an area near Durango, MEX where radio and all other forms of communication do not work and also a place of anomalous activity such as UFOs and unexplained disappearances SYN La Zona del Silencio, Mapimí Silent Zone

zoo hypothesis – the idea that technically advanced alien life avoids contact with Earthlings intentionally so as to allow for its own evolution and technical advancement without contamination of outside influences thus rectifying Fermi's paradox

Zoroaster (c630-c550 BC) – the prophet of Ahura Mazda; the founder of Zoroastrianism [Greek and Avestan “undiluted star”] AKA Zarathustra, Zaratras, Zaratas, Zaradas, Zaratos

 

Zoroastrian – an adherent of Zoroaster, the prophet; a reader of The Avesta; a seeker of Asha (truth) SYN Parsee, Parsi, Persian

 

Zoroastrianism – the traditional religion of ancient Persia, which shares many concepts from the Abrahamic religions, though not in the same exact sense; a cult of fire worshipers SYN Mazdayasna

 

Zozo alt. Zuzu – a Ouija board demon, possibly the equivalent of the Assyrian demon king named Pazuzu or the Hebrew demon named Azazel