posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 02:08 AM
The idea of zombies is not just something dreamed up by movie-makers. Its been with us for a long time. Many ancient cultures mention zombies in their
folklore and their religions. These are just a few examples.
Haitian and African systems of voodoo teach the "Zombification" of people through a number of spells and by use of various powders and potions.
People who have been administered such drugs are buried at funerals and then dug up again to then exist as a Zombie. The reanimated undead are used as
To keep them in a state where they lack a will of their own, one must continue to give them a variety of drugs. The Zombification of people is real
enough to be considered a crime at the same level as murder in the Haitian legal books.
From the Bible
And the LORD will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh
rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day they will be terrified, stricken by the
LORD with great panic. They will fight their neighbors hand to hand.
But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army.
Taken from this source on the Vetala
In Hindu folklore, the vetala is an evil spirit who haunts cemeteries and takes demonic possession of corpses.
These corpses may be used as vehicles for movement (they no longer decay while inhabited).
The Zombie is known as Jiang Shi
in China, Ganshi in Korean and Kyonshi in Japanese.
is a type of reanimated corpse
in the day, the jiangshi rests in a coffin or hides in dark places such as caves. At night, it moves around by hopping, with its arms
outstretched. It kills living creatures to absorb their qi (life essence).
the causes of a corpse being reanimated can be classified in two groups: a recently deceased person returning to life, and a long buried corpse
The Chinese have defined several possible causes for Zombification some of which are "unsuitable burial grounds", the use of "supernatural arts for
resurrection of the dead", "spirit possession of a dead body", failure to bury a dead body, improper death or suicide and also virus infections.
jiangshi" literally means "hard" or "stiff". It is believed that the jiangshi is so stiff that that it cannot bend its limbs and body, so it
has to move around by hopping while keeping its arms stretched out for mobility. A peculiar feature is its greenish-white skin; one theory is that
this is derived from fungus or mold growing on corpses. It is said to have long white hair all over its head and may behave like animals.[5
In Tibetan folklore they are called Ro-Langs
A ro-langs is a zombie-like creature from Tibetan folklore. Ro is the word for corpse and Langs is the perfect tense of "to rise up", so
Ro-Langs literally means "a risen corpse". A ro-langs is usually created by a gdon spirit, or a sorcerer. A ro-langs cannot speak or bend over, it
signals its victims by wagging its tongue back and forth. They can not bend at any joints, which makes them walk with a stiff-armed lurch. In regions
of Tibet there are low doorways to keep the ro-langs out.
Demonic ro-langs are created by an evil spirit with the goal of contaminating other humans
Just like with vampires, werewolves and other creatures the zombie idea too has its grounding in ancient legends, religions, traditions. It was not
just made up out of thin air by movie-makers. The concept has been part of human consciousness for a long time - maybe because there is some reality
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