Traditionally, zombies originated from the customs and rituals of Haitian Voodoo. The modern concept of zombies, particularly in American pop culture, was invented by renowned movie maker George Romero in his 1968 cult film, "Night of the Living Dead."Continue Reading
Zombie is derived from the Haitian word "zombi," which means "spirit of the dead." Voodoo priests, known as bokors, were able to revive the dead through black magic and the oral application of "coup padre," which contained a lethal chemical called tetrodoxin. The zombies of Voodoo culture were soulless mechanical drones controlled by the bokors.
In contemporary times, Romero popularized the flesh-eating monsters not as the mindless creatures of Voodoo legends but as a horrifying blend of zombies, werewolves and vampires. Critics claim that Romero revolutionized the film horror genre with his cinematic masterpiece.Learn more about Folklore
There are documented cases of "real" zombies. They vary immensely, however, from the Western understanding of zombies as undead monsters who like to dine on the flesh of the living.Full Answer >
A range of parasites, mostly small insects and arachnids, can create zombie-like hosts. No evidence exists to indicate that human zombies similar to those seen in movies and television shows are possible, however.Full Answer >
In popular culture, zombies are commonly depicted as reanimated corpses lacking mental awareness. Zombies often have slow, lumbering movements, but they are physically strong and highly resistant to pain and injury. In many stories, they attack humans to feed on their brains and are only killed by decapitation.Full Answer >
The devil's tongue knot is a fictitious device discussed in the book series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket. In the story, the devil's tongue knot was created by female Finnish pirates in the 15th century. The knot itself does not actually exist.Full Answer >