Zombies are literally swarming our airwaves at unseen levels. It seems this generation is obsessed with some sort of monster of the day, and today that monster happens to be the undead. With the explosion of entertainment such as The Walking Dead, and World War Z the zombie hordes are a focus in much of mainstream America. There are even people out there who are preparing for the literal invasion of the zombie virus. Individuals are stock piling supplies, ammunition, and other provisions in order to ensure survival during this apocalyptic event. The Centers for Disease Control has put out material on this hypothetical virus in a campaign to inform people of the real threat global pandemics present in the modern world.
The Zombie culture is really an insight into the mindset of current society. It seems that everyone is getting ready for some cataclysmic event that will wipe out our current way of life. According to some experts, the modern zombie represents primal fears going back thousands of years. The shambling undead give us insight into our true nature, and places humans firmly back into a state of raw existence. It reminds us of what we are all capable of becoming, and sheds light on our own mortality. Regardless of why we fear these monsters, the history of this current phenomena is an interesting journey across culture and time.
#1 God and zombies
The term zombie relates to an African word for God. Its no surprise, as the zombies have been a part of the Voodoo cultures for centuries. (My words for zombie happen to be “SWEET JESUS!” OR “GOD HELP ME!”)
#2 Haitian zombies
The modern zombie has its roots in Haitian culture. According to lore, Voodoo Priests can turn a living being into their personal zombie, effectively making them their slaves (Never trust a Voodoo priest that offers you a drink).
#3 Real life zombie
Haitian, Clairvius Narcisse is perhaps the best known case of zombification in Haiti. According to Narcisse he died, was buried, and was then resurrected by a Voodoo witch doctor. (I wonder if this guy knew he was a zombie when he was a zombie?)