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History shows that the idea of zombies dates back to the 8th century. The word ‘zombie’ is said to have come from the word nzambi, which in Kongolese means ‘spirit of a dead person’, or zonbi, used by the Louisiana Creole or the Haitian Creole, which represents a person who died and was then brought to life without speech or free will.
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- Voodoo folklore contends that Bokors, Voodoo priests that were concerned with the study and application of black magic, possessed the ability to resurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padre.
- Coup padre is a powder that is issued orally and the primary ingredient is tetrodoxin which is a deadly substance taken from the notoriously poisonous porcupine fish.
- According to legend, a zombie is someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person.
- The public, thinking that the person was dead, would bury him/her as if they were a corpse. They would then be exhumed, still alive, by the Bokor and, although their physical body remained intact, their memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones.
- Remains, thought to be from zombies, have been found from bodies that have been decapitated, or had their brains removed.
- Skeletons of victims of zombies have been found with signs of human teeth marks on the bones. You could say it might be cannibals but traditionally cannibals will ‘prepare’ their meals with knives or other tools, hence no teeth marks.
- Some people have even said that the Mayans were destroyed by zombies.
- Reports of widespread cannibalism at the end of the Mayan civilization suggests something much more sinister than a simple drought or cross-tribal dispute.
- Bones found in and around Mayan cities show signs of being violently ripped from their sockets and chewed to bits on the spot. Evidence has even been found of children eating their parents and entire villages devouring themselves within a matter of days.
- Evidence found in Syria suggests that Stone Age heads were originally buried with their bodies intact but after several years they were dug up and their skulls were crushed and separated from the rest of the skeleton.
- No one knows why the face-smashing and careful removal of the heads took place. Some say it could have been because the people of the area were trying to prevent the dead from coming back to life.
- The act of putting gravestones on top of graves had apparently come from the fear that the dead might come back to life. It started by placing rocks over fresh graves which was thought to keep the dead from coming back out of the ground.
- What we know about zombies today is largely myth, but there is a small amount of truth.
- Voodoo and witchcraft were a huge part of the Haitian culture which produced ‘zombies’.
- People were given the terotoxin and soon believed themselves into becoming a zombie. From there, the rest of the story comes together and with money as motivation, stories were changed for the people’s pleasure.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Zombie worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the word ‘zombie’ which is said to have come from the word nzambi, which in Kongolese means ‘spirit of a dead person’, or zonbi, used by the Louisiana Creole or the Haitian Creole, which represents a person who died and was then brought to life without speech or free will.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Zombie Facts
- Fill in the Blanks
- Movie Time!
- Fact or Bluff
- Word Search
- Zombie History
- Zombie Myth
- What do they do?
- Compare and Contrast
- Myth or Fact?
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