posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 09:23 PM
This phenomenon has been going on since the dawn of time.
The African "zombie" legends and Western/European vampire legends supposedly originate from events such as these. There are certain rare illnesses
that cause the bodies vital signs to become so low as to be undetectable by normal, "non-scientific" means (feeling for a pulse, listening for
breathing, pupil dilation under light exposure). The victims will usually die as a result of the disease anyway, but sometimes they willl "wake
up",, and usually by that stage already in a coffin. Even in modern times, coffins have been dug up with scratch marks and broken fingernails on the
There are certain plant in Africa which, when ingested in the correct amount, induces this state. Practitioners of voodoo would use this to create
"zombies" and people would "come back from the dead", still drugged and spasming from the toxins, and probably a little crazy or hysterical after
waking up in a coffin; easily mistakable for a zombie. If you buried your deceased loved one, and then they rocked up at the door three days later,
drooling, emaciated, covered in dirt from the grave, jerking and spasming, and gibbering like a madman, you'd probably believe it too.