Zombies by Bob Curran
A Field Guide to the Walking Dead

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In the myths, legends, and folklore of many peoples, the returning, physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the draugr of Scandinavia. But what are the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave? Does it come from something deep within our psyche, or is there some truth to it?

In Zombies, Bob Curran explores how some of these beliefs may have arisen and the truths that lay behind them, examining myths from all around the world and from ancient times including Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Celtic. Curran traces the evolution of belief in the walking cadaver from its early inception in religious ideology to the "Resurrections" and cataleptics of 18th-century Europe, from prehistoric tale to Arthurian romance. Zombies even examines the notion of the "living dead" in the world today—entities such as the "living mummies" of Japan. Zombies is a unique book, the only one to systematically trace the development of a cultural idea of physical resurrection and explore the myths that have grown around it, including the miracles of Old Testament prophets. It will interest those enticed by the return of the corporeal dead and also those curious as to how such an idea sits within the historical context.
 

About Bob Curran

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Curran lives in Ireland and is an expert on Irish fairies. He is schooled in the risks and rewards of rambles in the countryside. Ian Daniels's illustration projects include Vampires, Encyclopedia of the Undead, Dragonlore (all New Page Books), Classic Celtic Fairytales, and Tales of the Celtic Otherword. He has illustrated book covers for Marion Zimmer Bradley, Orson Scott Card, and Poul Anderson.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by New Page Books. 225 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Dr. Robert CurranThe Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies and, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them.

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From myths, legends and counter culture understandings we are given a tour of what really has gone down in the historical sense of zombisim This shouldn’t be a bad thing as we all know zombie books have exhaustingly covered every film zombie we can think of in much repetition.

Oct 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Zombies: A Field Guide to the...

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