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Zombies… AHHHHH

October 2, 2011

In celebration of one of my favorite months of the year I decided to create a “Horror Series” for the Funny Little Voodoo Dolls. My first in the series is the Zombie Voodoo. 

Zombie Voodoo

Along with the “Horror Series” I decided to create my own version of the 31 days of Halloween by blogging about Halloween related stuff. So I figured I’d start with Zombies.

So circa 2009 archeologist discovered two 8th century skeletons that had stones shoved into their mouths suggesting that during the medieval times humans held a belief in Zombies or in the fact that the dead could return to roam the earth.    It was believed that the dead spirits could return by escaping through the mouth.  Evidence suggests that the fear of the dead walking upon the earth began a lot early then our modern-day brain eating zombies on tv.

Haitian Folklore speaks of zombies or Zombi which means “spirit of the dead” in voodoo culture voodoo priest can possess the ability to resurrect the dead.  In South Africa it is believed the dead can be turned into zombies by small children and only the help of a powerful priest can break the spell. During ancient times when there where outbreaks of disease it was sometimes blamed on the return of the dead.

So when did zombies go from being undead that infected people with diseases to the brain and flesh-eating monsters we know today? Well according to history this progression began during the time of slavery when white plantation owners came back from Haiti with sensationalized tales of voodoo practices and Zombies.  Around 1932 Bela Lugosi stared in a movie called “White Zombies ” early zombie movies were based on slavery and race relations the idea of controlling someone and the movies maintained their roots in the afro Caribbean practices and lore.  In 1960 George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead came onto the big screen and that was the  start of the eat your brains zombies we know of today.

What fascinates me most about Zombies is how fascinated we all seem to be with the whole zombies gonna eat my brains mentality.  We have new zombies shows such as “walking dead” and I’ve even witnessed a ‘zombie crawl”.

Zombie Crawl

 

People fear and are fascinated with the idea of rotten flesh-eating corpse wandering the earth.  Scientists have even debated the possibilities of a zombie apocalypse actually happening and even the Center for Disease Control got involved in the fun when they posted an article on how to survive a zombie apocalypse that received so much attention their website crashed.  There are also ants that exhibit zombie like activity when they are contaminated with a mold that effects their brain. 

 So is a zombie apocalypse a possibility? is it something eminent in our future or will it remain a legend and lore that will continue to morph and change with the times? I’m not sure but according to my sister she’s always on the look out for the possible zombies that might be making their way up her driveway when she is walking her dog on dark nights.  And my hubby has a plan in place on how to spare me from a zombie attack by whacking me over the head before I even get bit.  In the end it remains a legend and lore that will continue to scare us and creep into our dreams and let’s hope that’s all it ever is.

To purchase Voodoo Zombie visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/fabulouslyfelt.

Sleep Tight Kiddies

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 8:53 pm

    So glad I found you & your little zombie minions!

  2. Kenny Summerfield permalink
    October 21, 2011 3:12 am

    Excellent post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Kudos!

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