AMC’s incredibly popular and critically acclaimed series, “The Walking Dead,” follows the human survivors living in a zombie infested world. Source: Forbes
Zombies have been a part of pop culture for decades, but they seem especially pervasive lately. They’re featured in TV shows, films, comics, video games — even in works of literature. What is it about zombies that we love to hate? Are they simply experiencing that rare sixteenth minute of fame, or is there something deeper going on?
First off, the zombie isn’t a recent human construction; in fact, it’s steeped in centuries of history. The term comes from the West African word nzambi, or “soul.” In the 19th century when this word came into existence, Nzambi themselves were not feared — becoming one was. After all, they were unable to control their own fates. The nzambi were thought to be used by boko, or sorcerers, for black magic.