Welcome to Z-day…the final day of Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) beginning with the designated letter are selected and illustrate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here. This week is Y week so that means we only have one more week left in this round.
Let’s get unusual.
zaftig: having a full; rounded figure.
There are a lot of zaftig little birds running around looking for food after our recent snow. They have eaten every sunflower kernel in the three feeders I have out for them. Fortunately the suet cakes are still hanging in there…if the squirrels don’t rip them out of the cages.
zeme: Caribbean idol or totem.
Moving from the frigid Plains to the balmy Caribbean we find the Mayan god of rain, Chaac (also spelled Chac or Chaahk). With his serpentine ax, Chaac strikes the clouds and produces thunder and rain. This is a frieze from the Mayan seaport of Tulum. It’s a “descending god” on one of the buildings. Is it Chaac? Who knows. Most of his face is missing.
ziggurat: Mesopotamian step pyramid.
Perhaps the most famous step pyramid is the one at Chichen Itza, in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was a Mayan community 700-900AD. When the Central Mexican Toltecs arrived in the area, they did a little architectural redecorating. The original Mayan temple lies underneath the Pyramid of Kukulcan. A breathtaking structure, the pyramid stands 79 feet tall with 91 steps on 4 sides. The final step is the top, totaling 365 steps…one for each day of the solar year. Since the Mayans were heavy into astronomy, the pyramid is designed to capture the “dying sun” on the spring and autumn equinoxes and make it appear that a snake deity is descending from the top, down the stairs to give the priest information for the coming season.
zetetic: proceeding by inquiry; a search or investigation.
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