The Origins Of Zombie In Culture

I have learned a lot about zombies over the past few weeks. My perception of zombies has also changed, although I still think that the “modern day, Hollywood zombie” is fascinating. Ever since I was young, I always thought that zombies were fake. I never thought once that multiple different cultures have their own version of a zombie.

Zombies come from many different cultures. One of them being in the Haitian culture. It all started back in the 17th century for these guys. It came about after African slaves were made to work on sugar can plantations. The slaves would get so sick of not being in control, they started to commit suicide. The slave owners had to think of something to tell them in order for them to stop losing “property”. The slave owners made the slaves believe that if they committed suicide; they would spend eternity on the plantations doing nothing but roaming around with no way out. In the slave’s eyes, spending eternity on the plantation was incredibly worse that eternity in hell. In today’s society, many people think that a zombie apocalypse is possible.

People will go as far as going to conventions where they learn how to survive a real zombie apocalypse. I am not one of the people who think it is possible. I have always thought that a zombie apocalypse would be caused by some virus that somehow spread to many people. Well, everyone is different; we all get affected by things differently than others. I do not think that a virus spreading and people not being able to treat it would ever be possible. Maybe a long time ago when there wasn’t a lot of medical help that could be given, but now, we have a lot of medical help and there are so many ways people can be treated. People go to the doctor for almost anything, so I feel that if something were to happen to someone, they would know something is wrong and would go get help and get treated. People are often usually smart enough to try to avoid too much human contact if they feel that they are sick enough to contaminate someone else.

Zombies have not always been flesh-eating monsters. Zombies appear in pop culture as far back as 1697, starting with literature. In the beginning, zombies were known as basically anything dead. This includes ghosts, spirits, and vampires. The whole “modern day zombie” started in 1968 with the film “Night of the Living Dead” which was directed by George Romero. Since then there have been many zombie movies and television shows made which has continued to make zombies more and more popular. I think that zombies will remain popular in pop culture for a very long time just because people are so fascinated and intrigued by them.

In conclusion, zombies have many different origins, but the Haitian culture was one of the starting points for zombies, which was originally spelled, Zombi. I do not think a zombie apocalypse is possible just because of our medical advances and people’s fear of being sick. I also think that zombies will remain popular for many years to come just because there is such a fascination with them.

31 October 2020
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