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(January 13, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Dolls - ZombiesZombies are among the most feared beings on or below earth. The living dead. Dead bodies rising to life again, and usually they come with rather sinister purposes. Of course, those are the zombies we see in horror movies and around Halloween, but are those nasty creatures real zombies?

What is a Zombie?

Zombies are beings (usually human) who have died, but for whatever reason won’t stay dead and buried. They claw their way out of the grave and appear living when they should be dead. They died, were buried….and then came back to life somehow. Usually, in movies they seem to come back somewhat decomposed and ready for mindless slaughter, but I digress.

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Are Zombies Real?

Actually, yes. Zombies are real – in a sense. The zombies we see in movies feasting on human flesh or terrorizing villages are not real – I hope. They are based on what many believe are real zombies from years ago.

Voodoo Zombies

Voodoo, a system of beliefs based of Afro-Caribbean individuals, was the foundation of the term Zombie, although the concept has been around much longer. In very simple terms, voodoo uses a set of ceremonies and potions or medicines to demonstrate beliefs. Zombies, as claimed by those that practice voodoo, are living beings that have had their soul stolen. Therefore the person is alive, but has no free will. Usually these mindless slaves were set to work on plantations for “Zombie Masters.”

Couple DollsMany scientists outside of voodoo have tried to figure out exactly what made these zombies tick. It is now widely believed that voodoo zombies were actually heavily drugged. Specific voodoo potions could put a person in a near death-like state, and then when the person was revived, other drugs were used to keep them in a stupor. Thus, you had a walking, grunting human who was not quite dead, but not quite alive. These real zombies are the proverbial grandparents of the ones we see today.

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Middle Age Zombies

If those voodoo zombies had grandparents though, it would be the living dead from the Middle Ages. Back before any form of modern medicine, individuals would die, be buried, and then somehow come back to life. Of course, we now know of countless ways people can appear dead to the untrained eye. Something like a coma, for example, can slow the heart rate to the point that one might not hear it without medical equipment.

Villagers in the Middle Ages feared the spirits of the dead so much they would even dig up remains every now and again to check to be sure the corpse was still in the box. Grave robbers, who were also plentiful back then, dug up even more corpses. What the diggers found often terrified them.

The bodies they had laid so neatly inside the casket had moved on their own. The corpse was still dead, but they were definitely not in the same spot. To top it off, a lot of time there were fingernail scratches in the lid of the coffins as if the dead body had been trying to escape. Of course, we know now they were simply buried alive – a horrifying thought.

Dolls - ZombiesAfter awhile, many bodies were buried with a string around their toes or fingers so that if they woke up and moved down in the coffin, the sting would ring a bell outside on the ground. This offered a little bit of protection against burying your loved ones alive or gave you warning that the dead were coming back to life.

Of course with modern science, no bodies are buried alive today. Unfortunately, some people still use drugs to put themselves into such a stupor they appear to be a walking corpse. Zombies as they originally existed have disappeared, but they still live on in our books, movies, and of course, nightmares.


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pirategirl101

20/Female
Byron, CA
Posted On: February 23, 2007
This is creepy!
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olly_090

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: February 9, 2007
EMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:ic on8:
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kittykat5525

21/Female
Posted On: February 2, 2007
needs work but good
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coolchic16

22/Female
Olympia, WA
Posted On: February 1, 2007
Okay. Fans of this article: Let the others boo at this article. It's fine. Because we know that they're the ones who are ignorant and will be sleeping with a night light on after reading this article. Jessica explained zombies very well. She didn't say zombies existed- just that they exist IN A SENSE. The drug-like stupor she talked about in the last paragraph outlined that. So let's get some backbone, ladies, and look at this not from a stereotypical point of view, but a superstitious or maybe scientific view.
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sunray_sours

18/Female
Brandon, FL
Posted On: January 25, 2007
I do not lik them all
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deslove06

17/Female
Hessmer, LA
Posted On: January 24, 2007
lame and stupid :i con13:
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kushca

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Paramus, NJ
Posted On: January 24, 2007
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Posted On: January 24, 2007
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envyismybish

23/Female
Japan
Posted On: January 22, 2007


Schweet.

Good work! I LOVE A GOOD ZOMBIE! 8D
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Marie_die

18/Female
Peru, IN
Posted On: January 22, 2007
that was really interesting i didnt know that there were really zombies good job
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: January 21, 2007
rock on

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halo626

21/Female
Posted On: January 21, 2007
SWEET thats sooo cool!!!
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padawancub

24/Female
Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: January 21, 2007
Awesome article! I never knew about the drugged thing. Learn something new every day!
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olly_090

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: January 20, 2007
geniemagidol, i didn't write dat. my cousin did. i read the story and totally loved it! my cuzin is a loser!!! ZOMBIES ROCK!
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khn

24/Female
Posted On: January 20, 2007
I like the topic, definitly out of the ordinary! So, I didnt know zombies were real a liong time ago but the was interesting.
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