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Glossary of Religion

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Zwingli, Ulrich
(1484-1531) Swiss reformer and humanist. He taught a purely symbolic interpretation of the Eucharist (as opposed to both transubstantiation and consubstantiation), accepted state action in religious matters, and died on the battlefield at Cappel, Switzerland (near Zurich).
zakat
Almsgiving. One of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Zarathustra
(Greek Zoroaster). Persian prophet whose visions are the basis of Zoroastrianism.
zazen
(Japanese, "sitting" + "absorption"). Sitting meditation, which is the basic meditation practice of Zen Buddhism.
Zealots (Judaism)
Members of a historical Jewish movement characterized by armed rebellion against Roman rulers.
zemban
(Japanese, "Zen board"). Board used in long sessions of zazen to prop up the chin, thereby keeping from falling forward if sleepiness occurs.
zendo
Large hall in Zen monasteries, in which zazen is practiced.
Zeus
Chief deity of the Olympian pantheon, god of the sky and weather, and sender of thunderbolts and lightning.
zhong
(Chinese) loyalty to one's true nature
Zionism
A modern political movement with the aim of creating a Jewish state.
Zohar
The major text of the Kabbalah movement.
zongjiao
(lit. "principle-teaching.") Religion. Term introduced to China in the late 19th century in the context of Buddhism.

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