Azone

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Azones,[pronunciation?] in mythology, was a term anciently applied to gods and goddesses that were not the private divinities of any particular country or people. They were acknowledged as deities in every country, and worshipped in every nation.[1] The word is etymologically derived from Greek for "without" and "country". The Azones were to a degree above the visible and sensible deities, which were called Zonei, who inhabited some particular part of the world, and never stirred out of the district or zone that was assigned them.

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  1. ^ Chambers, Ephraim (1680-ca. 1740). Cyclopædia, or, An universal dictionary of arts and sciences: containing the definitions of the terms, and accounts of the things signify'd thereby, in the several arts, both liberal and mechanical, and the several sciences, human and divine : the figures, kinds, properties, productions, preparations, and uses, of things natural and artificial: the rise, progress, and state of things ecclesiastical, civil, military, and commercial : with the several systems, sects, opinions, &c: among philosophers, divines, mathematicians, physicians, antiquaries, criticks, &c : the whole intended as a course of antient and modern learning. The First Volume (1728), Attachiamenta - azymus, pp. 170-184. "AZONES, in Mythology, a Term antiently applied to fuch of the Gods as were not the private Divinities of any particular Country or People, but were acknowledg'd as Gods in every Country, and worfhipp'd by every Nation." (Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System 2003)

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