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Zombie Research Help!
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:29:16 PM »
Okay I've got a project I could use some help with.

I want to research and do a comic about every type of undead there is.  I'm not talking about D & D undead, however.  I'm talking about actual cultural/mythological undead, ghosts, vampires etc.

I'll be doing research on the culture that created them, the time period the mythology came from things like that.

Here's where I need help.  What types of undead are out there?  Every culture has had them.  But I need examples and origins things like that.

Example

Zombie mythology
Origin: Haiti, Voodoo, African Religions
Time period the mythology comes from: ?
Actual historical descriptions of the creature/powers/lore: ?

I'll be making comics about this and will happily give you credit for the help you give.

Things to research so far.
Zombies (of Course)
Vampires
Ghosts
Banshee
Ghouls (Middle Eastern Monster)
Chinese Vampires (Jiang Shi or the hopping vampire or zombie)
Draugr (Norse mythological undead not the ones from Skyrim)

Maybe I'll even make a poster about all these.  What do you guys think?
« Last Edit: July 20, 2012, 06:31:29 PM by Zombiecarter »

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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 07:43:52 AM »
This should be an interesting project if we can get a few other involved. Preferably people who are less lazy than you or me, but the more the merrier. Although I do remember seeing a special or one of the History or science channels that went over many of the main types of zombies that might help you if you can find and watch it.
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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 11:27:44 PM »
I remember that.  I wish they had it on Netflix.  I'll see if I can track it down.

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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 09:47:17 AM »
That seems like a lot of work. I'll try to help somewhat. I would suggest that you start with your local library.

Not sure if this what you want but here is a local legend from my home state.

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/raw_head_and_bloody_bones.html
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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 09:29:13 PM »
Is that a recent story someone came up with or an actual legend someone just decided to write a story about?

Also adding "Revenents" to research.  Those are apparently from France originally.

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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2012, 06:20:32 AM »
No, the story really is quite old. Some people believe it is more or less true, I don't.
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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 07:45:19 PM »
Look up Zombies: A Living History on History Channel. It's the special that I remember seeing before and it does give at least basic info on several different zombie types.
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Re: Zombie Research Help!
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 12:21:23 PM »
I recommend this book

http://www.amazon.com/The-Vampire-Book-Encyclopedia-Undead/dp/157859071X

it mostly covers vampires (everything from the earliest mention of vampires to fairly recent vampire media) so you get everything from folk lore to buffy and a lot of stuff in between. I believe it also covers a few other types of undead as well