A zombie is a fictional undead creature that is often depicted in popular culture, particularly in horror films, TV shows, and video games.
In most portrayals, zombies are reanimated corpses that have risen from the dead and are typically depicted as mindless, flesh-eating monsters. They are often depicted as being slow-moving and clumsy, with a shuffling gait and a tendency to moan or grunt.
The concept of the zombie has its roots in Haitian folklore and Voodoo mythology, where it referred to a reanimated corpse that was under the control of a sorcerer or bokor. In modern pop culture, the zombie has evolved into a popular horror trope and is often used to explore themes of mortality, survival, and human nature.
It is important to note that zombies are purely fictional and do not exist in real life. While there are some medical conditions that can cause zombie-like symptoms, such as the walking dead syndrome or Cotard’s syndrome, these conditions are rare and do not involve reanimation or cannibalism.
Throughout movies and books, zombies have been described in varying forms. Sometimes it’s a decaying corpse, all brown and rotting, crawling up from the ground. Other times they have a green hue and look a bit more “otherworldly”. Often they will be missing extremities and are unable to talk or communicate in any way. This can be accompanied with drooling. They almost always walking with a limp or stagger.
The history of zombies is a very complicated one and can be traced back to various burial traditions where people expected the body to rise up out of the grave and life again, in some form or another. Interestingly enough though, there have been actual reports of them occurring in the Caribbean and more specifically, in Haiti. This phenomenon is linked to the Haitian Voodoo culture that exists there and their beliefs about zombies, potions, and death.
powers and abilities
Besides just being dead, zombies are noted for their unending taste for human flesh and inability to feel pain, making them ultra scary and pretty tough to take down…if one were to run into a zombie. Being undead gives zombies all kinds of abilities that make them a formidable monster. Since they don’t really have a functioning brain, they’re able to only focus on one mission – eating human flesh.
Zombies also have unlimited energy and have no need for sleep.
The first zombie movie came out in 1932 and was titled “White Zombie“. The more popular film “Night of the Living Dead” by George A. Romero came out in 1968, 36 years later, and solidified the scare-factor of zombies in the minds of viewers all across America. Since then, we’ve been obsessed as a culture.
There are now entire TV series dedicated to the zombie – “Walking Dead” being one of the more popular nowadays. AS far as books go, there’s the novel “The Reapers Are the Angels” by Alden Bell and “World War Z” by Max Brooks. There are so many comics out there, including an extensive series from The Walking Dead, that you can explore as well. There are also graphic novels and mini series all over the place that feature zombies.
Fun fact, there was one year that the CDC actually released a guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse.