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The Legend of Zombies

Oct 01, 2015

It’s time to talk about the Legend of Zombies. Like the Mummy,zombies are a lumbering, staggering, Halloween and horror presence. Quite annoying actually … be sure not to get bitten by one as they are very contagious!

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Voodoo Vaccination

Instead, the zombie story originates on the little Island of Haiti, where West Africans were brought as slaves to work on the sugar plantations. As a part of the voodoo religion, Haitians believe that Voodoo Witches, or houngans, can revive the recently dead, turning them into mindless, soulless servants. Believers in voodoo will guard the grave of deceased relatives until they are certain that it has begun to decay, for the magic only works on fresh bodies.

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Zombie Zoo

It’s been figured out what exactly the Voodoo Witch does to make someone a zombie under their spell:

  • The victim is given a drug that puts them into a deep coma
  • The victim is pronounced dead and buried alive
  • The Voodoo Witch hangs around the grave and digs up the victim
  • The victim is kept under the influence of drugs to be used in the witch’s army of zombies
  • The soul of the victim is captured into a bottle and sold for Voodoo luck and healing
  • The victim turns into a zombie that is uncontrollable, mute with primitive and violent actions

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Zombie-Zania

The story of the zombie was studied by Americans and in the early 1900s, they wrote books and made movies that incorporated the myths of the zombies from the Voodoo witches. Combining the real stories with their own imagination. The big movie that created a cult of zombie-loving teenagers was made in 1968 called “Night of the Living Dead”. Since then thousands of zombie movies, books, and comics have been made to make zombies scarier. Here are some of the more modern zombie characteristics:

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  • Rise from the Grave by themselves
  • Bloodsucking like vampires
  • Their bite is contagious
  • Faster and Stronger
  • Hunger for brains
  • Controlled by the devil

Famous Zombies

Zombies are more of a group thing and not many individual zombies have emerged as famous… but there are a few famous ones. Kidzworld found them:

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Rob ZombieRob Zombie

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Humans are creatures of habit, and I was no exception. Every Wednesday before classes started, I drove to my favorite coffee shop and ordered a cappuccino. I would sit in the same booth, and drink my coffee for the few minutes I had while the world rushed by. It was the same every time, and I never expected it to be different, until one day I saw a new face appear: an older man of unclear age, who sat in the booth across from me. I thought nothing of it. Why would I? It was merely another person I would probably never see again, or if I did, never remember. But I did see him again, next Wednesday. I still didn’t think much of it. Maybe he was just… a new regular. He didn’t matter to my life. Several weeks passed, and I increasingly began to notice the man in the booth across from me. He wore old clothes that looked well cared for throughout the years, and a hat with a faded emblem that I couldn’t read. The daily paper was always with him, except for the times when he brought a tattered journal, reading and sometimes writing in it. The thing that began to stick out the most over those weeks, though, was that he was always alone. No one ever talked to him except the barista to ask what he wanted (it was always a small, black coffee with two spoonful’s of sugar). After all those weeks, I finally worked up the courage to sit with him and introduce myself. I liked him from the moment he opened his mouth. I eventually learned he was a WW2 veteran, with several medals from various battles. We exchanged stories, I from college, and he from the war. After an hour, I finally realized how much time had passed and had to dart away, but we met again the next Wednesday. We became good friends, but our friendship was limited to phone calls and coffee shop visits. I didn’t know much of his personal life other than stories of his school days. I didn’t really wonder at all, until one day, a familiar face didn’t come. I was worried, though not too much. I simply had my coffee then went to classes. As the day went on, I was increasingly uneasy. He never, not even once, had been MIA. Then I got the phone call. It was a voice I had never heard, a doctor: my friend had suffered a heart attack and had given the nurse this number. He wanted me to come. I immediately left campus without a second thought, and when I arrived at the hospital, his doctor greeted me in front of my friend’s room. “Your father is certainly lucky to survive.” “Oh, I’m not his son.” I waved off the notion. “Really? Oh… You were the only number he gave us. Odd.” This stuck with me. I was the… only one. I was finally let in, and he was barely awake. Sitting down, I took his hand. “Are you sure there’s no one else you want here? Don’t you have any family?” He coughed out a chuckle. “No, kiddo. They’ve all been gone a while. I hope you don’t mind me pulling you away from your classes…” “No! I… I want to be here for you…” “By the way, the coffee here’s terrible. Would you mind going to pick up my usual?” “Small… black coffee with two spoonful’s of sugar.” And we both softly chuckled while I blinked away tears.     Befriend a veteran today.  
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