Zombies: The Real Living Dead | survivethewalkingdead.com

One of the most feared creatures of modern horror has to be the zombie – lumbering around in his or her tragic trance with no soul and – more terrifying – no way to die (well he's already dead). All he wants is human meat, more specifically live, jelly-like brains. His pale pallor and torn-away flesh make him hideous to look at – which of course, makes him a great Halloween outfit. This uncoordinated and soulless creature appears unstoppable. No stake (vampires) or endless cups of caffeine (Freddy Krueger) will help you here.

So how do you become a zombie? And, more usefully, learn to kill one (actually make that more than one as they tend to lumber around in groups). It's easy to buy a zombie costume for Halloween by searching on-line. You will find a wide variety of Zombies for instance there are Skeleton Zombies, Doctor Zombies and the Blockbuster classic Zombie from Dawn of the Dead. In the meantime we'll give you a quick potted history here of the creature which unfortunately has its roots in real life West African mythology.

The first zombies were believed to be Haitian slave plantation workers. The only way to prevent the dead body becoming a zombie at that time was apparently to remain at the unfortunate corpse's graveside watching over it until its flesh began to rot. Legend has it only those who'd recently passed over were targeted and used as obedient, unquestioning services (ie zombies).

Another recorded zombie emergence was in Hierakonpolis in Egypt during a British dig where an explorer happened upon a tomb containing a partially decomposed body. The brain had been infected with a virus and the tomb was covered in scratch marks where the body had attempted to claw its way out.

Being buried alive and re-emerging would also count as being a tad zombie-like. This would happen in past times when medicine was not as advanced. Catatonia – a particular affliction of schizophrenia – has also been attributed to the zombie legend.

We've a famous film director Bela Lugosi to thank for the entrance into popular culture of this creature in the early 1930s in his film White Zombie. The zombies lay passive for decades until 1968 when George Romero revived them for Night of the Living Dead. And they've been around as a Halloween Fancy Dress Costume ever since. Their emergence was – scarily for us today – the result of a nuclear spill.

So how do you kill a zombie? Well, getting back to their origins, West African legend says if you feed a zombie salt it will return to the grave – all very neat and tidy with not too much exertion involved for us living animals. By far the most successful method is by destroying the brain first, usually with a sharp instrument (this can prove tricky!). Once you realized you should burn the body to prevent any resurrection, or should be re-resurrection …

Source by Colin Wharton

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