A Brief History of Some Scary Things: Zombies

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Zombies. As we see them today on television shows like "The Walking Dead" they are mindless, undead, brain-eaters. We see it as a living being infected by being bitten, scratched; as a disease. Most people don't know that zombies originated from Haiti known as zombi or zombii. There the zombification was caused by voodoo and were simply reanimated. Though it wasn't well known elsewhere until the short story The Unknown Painter was published Mermaids. Mermaids (mer=fish maid=young woman) are known to be beautiful half-human half- fish creatures who end up eating men once they've fallen to their deaths. Mermaids have also been seen as lonely and have drug the fisherman down in wish of a companion, only to have them drown every time. In the Disney movie The Little Mermaid Ariel falls in love with a human and the sea witch is killed (whereas in the Grimm version she takes her life and turns into sea foam because she lost her love to another woman- not the witch- as was the noblest thing to do). The first supposed 'sighting' of a mermaid was in 1495 Sirens. Sirens are noted in Greek and Roman mythology and are often confused with mermaids. Sirens are fish-human-bird hybrids; they have been depicted as either beautiful or disgusting. They were known as the daughters of the river god Achleous (Phorcys for Roman) and were “called upon” in Euripides play Helen and also Homer's Odyssey. Their names, later writer’s state, were Perthenope Ligeia, and Leucosia or Peisinoe, Aglaope, and Thelxiepeia, or Thelxinoe, Molpe, and Alglaphonos, etc. The amounts of sirens seem to fluctuate and they have many more names. They were the company of Persephone, but when she was captured they were given wings by Demeter, although, according to Fabulae of Hy... ... middle of paper ... ...stances.” For those who have little knowledge of Satanism; below are their “ten commandments” so to speak, with what they mean. They are not horrible people, and all they want is to live in peace and protect what they cherish, and no, they do not want to cloud young minds, they believe it's disgusting to do thing like that, “There are a lot of sick people out there, and we don’t want our vital young Satanists to become victims of twisted adults who are more interested in contacting young kids than they are in practicing Satanism.” They [see citation] refer to Big Brother/Big Sister and Boy Scout organizations when saying this. Works Cited Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires by Dr. Michael E. Bell
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