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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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KJ10

17/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 20, 2007
YEAH! go zombies go!

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chocogirly

20/Female
Egypt
Posted On: January 20, 2007
they are my favorite es bash waly when they eat
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olly_090

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: January 19, 2007
i didn't even finish reading this crap! u r so emo! who cares bout zombies?! :i con4:
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LameBrain

24/Female
FL
Posted On: January 19, 2007
This is where we get the terms "graveyard shift" and "dead-ringer". Someone had to stay in the cemetery at night, listening for the sounds of ringing bells attatched to the corpses.
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LameBrain

24/Female
FL
Posted On: January 19, 2007
*cemetery
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Spongey63

20/Female
Posted On: January 19, 2007
mm ya i agree with coolchic and falconchick and i love vampires they're cool to learn about and same thing with zombies!

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GuitarHero

21/Female
Philadelphia, PA
Posted On: January 18, 2007
this is sweet! i love things like this about vampires..zombies and what not
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coolchic16

22/Female
Olympia, WA
Posted On: January 18, 2007
Mexiprep129 you don't know anything. You're ignorant and refuse to believe what you can't understand. I have PERSONALLY researched vampires and they are real. The vampires of fiction that you see in the media with all of the powers and crap is what's fake. But vampires do exist. Don't believe me? Look into it for yourself. Go through 4 years and counting of research. I dare you.

Now, this article gave a very good, reasonable explanation of zombies. That required research. That's your problem. THINK a little before you write something that ignorant, close-minded, and just obviously idiotic.
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rey88

25/Female
Cherokee Falls, SC
Posted On: January 17, 2007
you no zombies can be true out of all monsters on tv its scary that someone can meke a virus that can make us have zombie like actions so what would happen if that did come true i dont no but hey shut them in the head
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famous_last_wo

24/Female
Mesa, AZ
Posted On: January 17, 2007
this is a very interesting topic. I was always very curious about zombies. They are very fascinating to learn about
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MermaidGem76

17/Female
Union, KY
Posted On: January 16, 2007
I agree with Spiritwolf15,you really should follow that,it can keep you away from a lot of anger that could occur from making that bad choice. (P.S I'm christian )
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princezz_irma

26/Female
Joliet, IL
Posted On: January 16, 2007
Zombies r ugly n smelly
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: January 16, 2007
so what if they are not real, That does not make then stupid If you don't like them then don't read the article and keep you negetive thoughts to yourself

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kitkat02

24/Female
Posted On: January 15, 2007
Did you know that the bell-thing is actually where the term "saved by the bell" comes from? People would become heavily intoxicated back then, and wouldn't wake for days, so people would immediately assume they were dead. They dug up coffins years later to find scratch marks, and realized they buried them alive. So, they attatched a string to a part of the body, and if the "dead" person was trying to get out, the bell would ring from the pulling of the sting attatched to the person, and a grave-watcher would go and dig them out, hence they were "saved by the bell!" Pretty cool, right? I know a lot of people who thought that that was about school and if they were in a boring class the bell would ring and they'd be saved by the school bell. ^__^ I think it's really interesting. There are other ones like "raining cat's and dogs" (cats would slide off the roofs of houses because it was so wet when it rained!). Phrase origins might make a good article....I'd read it!!

Kat
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preciouspinkpu

21/Female
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Posted On: January 15, 2007
i think zombies are dumb
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