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Already from the early history of mankind, there is evidence that people believed and feared that the dead could return and may do harm to the living. Among other things in different cultures graves were found, in which the bodies were tied deceased. However, sometimes unclear whether this special treatment or even execution for Cons
Until the 18th Century was also felt in the central European population afraid of the return of mortal remains. That was a task of the wake, to kill a supposed deceased if he should rise from his deathbed. This happened well as methods to determine the deaths were less reliable than today.
The figure or the name Zombie entered the cultural products of the United States, during 1915 to 1934 Haiti was under American occupation. The out of the Creole (= zombi ghost, ghost) arising term zombie finished 20th in the 20s of the Century mainly by American movies and popular comic, as the phenomenon of apparent death had barely penetrated the consciousness of the general public. After a definition of the French ethnologist Michel Leiris are zombies "individuals that have been artificially placed in a Scheintodzustand, buried, then dug up again and awakened and who are obedient as beasts of burden as a result, since they must assume in good faith that they are dead."