History of zombies

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A HISTORY OF ZOMBIES Zombies in the Caribbean: The clearest connection we have to the modern zombie comes from the Caribbean, where religions from West Africa blended with Christianity and Catholicism to create vodou (voodoo), a religion that includes belief in spirits, witchcraft and sorcery. The word zombie is thought to have originated from the Caribbean, possibly from several different sources. The Haitian word zonbi refers to a person’s soul, while the word nzambi, of African origins, means “god” or “soul.” In vodou, bokar are priests who use black magic to create a zombi to use as a servant. The bokar would sneak the person a powder that would make them appear dead. It is believed that the bokar was able to capture the spirit or soul of the person, ensuring the future zombi’s obedience. Once the person is reanimated, they have no recollection of their previous life, and would operate in a near-deathlike state. It is believed that salt will bring a zombi back to their senses. Belief in vodou and witchcraft in Haiti is still strong, and the laws regarding murder specifically address this issue: “It shall also be qualified as attempted murder the employment which may be made against any person of substances which, without causing actual death, produce a lethargic coma more or less prolonged. If, after the person had been buried, the act shall be considered murder no matter what result follows.” ZOMBIES IN MOVIES Vodou Zombie Slow Zombie Fast Zombie Friendly Zombie Find worksheets, games, lessons & more at education.com/resources © 2007 - 2021 Education.com

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