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SDFiles #011 – Origins: Zombies Part 1

SDFiles #011 – Origins: Zombies Part 1

This is our first of many Origins episodes, and the first part to Origins: Zombies.  There is so much to learn about zombies that we had to split it up into multiple episodes. Check out our outline of notes below, and stay tuned for Origins: Zombies Part 2
Zombie \ˈzäm-bē\: a dead person who is able to move because of magic according to some religions and in stories, movies, etc. (Merriam-Webster)
Date unknown (about 18th Century BC?)
Epic of Gilgamesh - - Ishtar threatens to unleash undead from the Netherworld to eat the living

Dates: unknown - present day
Haitian zombies - "Zombi" is also another name of the voodoo snake god Damballah Wedo, of Niger-Congo origin

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sparked the modern concept of undead: vampires and zombies, etc.

Late 1800s
Ambrose Bierce and Edgar Allan Poe write undead-themed novels, and although they weren’t specifically zombies, they influenced future authors’ imaginations.

H.P. Lovecraft wrote several novelettes ab