Did you know that the word Zombie has an African origin and that its history dates back as far as the 8th century? Yes, that’s true. If you are a fan of zombie movies or you’re a zombie games enthusiast, then perhaps knowing the history of zombies would be interesting, if not fascinating to you. In the modern day, there are lots of interesting zombie films, games, and thrilling novels and what’s more interesting is that some, if not most of them have captured the world of entertainment and the pop culture with storm. However, the thought about where the zombie idea came from may or may not have occurred to you. Here are some interesting facts about the history of zombies you might want to know of.
The Origin of the Word Zombie
So where exactly did the word zombie come from? According to multiple sources, the word Zombie originated in Africa. It was coined from the word ‘nzambi’, which means the spirit of the dead’ in Kongo or Congolese, a language spoken in the tropical African state DRC. The first recording of the word Zombie in English was seen in 1819 by Robert Southey, in Brazil’s poetic history, where the word ‘zombi’ was used to refer to Zumbi, an Afro-Brazilian rebel leader at the time. Plenty of horror novels, movies, and games have been created since the 1920’s with the undead, or the spirit of the dead as the main theme in the history of zombies.
The Fantasy and Horror Genre Works
In film production, TV, and gaming, we’ve have seen zombie themes since the 1960’s. Some of the most popular movies in the 80’s film and TV industry include the Hell of the Living Dead and the Return of the Living Dead, as well as the popular The Evil Dead series of the mid-1980s. Popular films with the zombie theme in the 90’s include My Boyfriend’s Back, Dellamorte Dellamore, Bio Zombie, and Wild Zero, among others. We’ve also seen plenty of games and movies in the 2K millennium, including the Resident Evil (movie and game), The Walking Dead (TV series), and The Zombie Apocalypse, just to name a few. In summary, zombies are mostly depicted as the dead people’s spirits, raised from the dead with a characteristic blood rage and the urge to destroy/feed on normal human beings. Since the start of the history of zombies, most people find these movies, games, and artworks quite thrilling to the modern day.
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Such popular gaming experience about zombies is the Zombie Room in the Great Room Escape in San Antonio, TX that offers various escape games. It involves a maximum of 12 participants trapped in an escape room and they have to solve the mystery in that room and find the key to your freedom before times runs out and zombies get released into the room.