The Walking Dead from around the world

Versions of Zombies appear in folklore of different cultures dating back to prehistory. When the mythological hero Gilgamesh spurns the advances of the goddess Ishtar, she threatens to take revenge by allowing the dead to “go and eat the living.” Since then, fears of dead corpses attacking the living have been part of folk beliefs across the world.

•In France during the Middle Ages, it was believed that a person who had been murdered might rise from the grave to take revenge on their murderer.

•In England, 12th-Century historian William of Newburgh described several cases of reanimated corpses. Hideous creatures that wandered through villages at night spreading disease and killing anyone they met.

•In Haiti, some practice the dark art of Vodou, a belief that a sorcerer can revive a corps, creating a Zombie who remains under the sorcerer’s control. Others say Vodou sorcerers can turn living people into Zombies by a drug made from the poison of a pufferfish, introducing it into the bloodstream through a wound, causing a trance-like state in which the person becomes a slave of the sorcerer.

Zombies appear in fiction as far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and films such as George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), or most recently, The Walking Dead based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman. (2010)

Speaking of which, there is an attraction in Vegas now that is interactive in Old Town Vegas. It was interesting, until I got to the escape rooms. Other than that, it was interesting. The one in Universal Studios is more visual though, I think. Hope everyone has a thrilling Halloween!



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