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Meeting the Undead Thesis Statement: The fictional concept of zombies brings about the significance of preparedness and openness to the possibility of apocalypse. Mortality is a destination that all of us would have to face. Similar to our existence, the world as we know it must also have its own end. That is why people keep on imagining the worst that might happen by creating theories relating to the end of the world - the apocalypse. Apocalyptic theories have been emerging in the media and are popularly portrayed in movies, TV series and many others. One of which involves a creature that has gained much attention in popular media. That creature is the zombie. “The living dead”, “the undead”, and “the walking dead” are the terms that come to mind when relating to zombies. But what makes up a zombie? In general, based on the Oxford English Dictionary, zombie is a “reanimated corpse that is turned into a creature capable of movement but not of rational thought”(“Zombie”). Moreover, based on Encyclopedia Britannica, these beings, usually humans, lack free will and are being controlled by magic. They have an overwhelming desire for human flesh, and are depicted as creatures that are rotting but are capable of superhuman characteristics such as increased strength and speed (Eldridge). Although “zombie” may be perceived by popular culture as only a fictional creature, this creature actually came about as a part of a religion in the West Africa. Based on the book of Wade Davis, The Serpent and the Rainbow , it shows that the word zombie came from the term nzambi , a Kongo word, meaning: “spirit of a dead person” (12). In addition, the term zombie is referred by the Oxford English Dictionary as “a snake god in the voodoo religion of West Africa”. It is during the 18 th and early 19 th century that the term proliferated as West African slaves were transported to
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Haiti, bringing with them their religious beliefs and practices (Coe). In effect, 80-90 percent of people in Haiti are known to be continually practicing the religion of Voodoo – that which involves the creation of the so-called “zombie” (Lehmann & Myers 313). Zombies can be classified into categories. According to the Zombease team they can be classified into these categories: Haitian Zombie, Chemical Zombie, Parasitic Zombie, and Viral Zombies (“5 Types of Zombies”). Specifically, these categories provided are according to how zombies came about in existence.
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