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  1. The first appearance of Hollywood zombies is in George Romero's classic film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It was inspired by George Matheson's book “I, the Legend”, written in 1954. In it, the last man on Earth fights with bloodthirsty vampires who have flooded the planet as a result of a global epidemic of an unknown virus. Romero's film, which was originally conceived as a comedy, deliberately distances itself from the original plot in order to avoid accusations of plagiarism: the vampires in it were replaced with the risen dead, and instead of drinking blood, they seek to eat living flesh.

    (By the way, the story of the book underwent significant changes in the film “I, Legend” with Will Smith (2007) precisely because Matheson's novel formed the basis of the now extremely common plot about the zombie apocalypse. In the movie version, the monsters that the hero fights are not zombies or vampires, but mutants with high intelligence and therefore even more dangerous. So the screenwriters managed to restore the original plot to its former intensity of horror, which it lost over time due to the fact that the story has since been replicated so many times.)

    This is one version of why zombies are the way we see them in modern culture, but it doesn't explain why zombies prefer brains. The second possible explanation is that the prototype zombie “American” served as a zombie from Haiti-controlled Voodoo sorcerer victims who carry out any of his orders, as completely devoid of their own will. Since their mind (brain) is subordinate to the sorcerer, there is some strange logic in the fact that they are trying to replenish this resource.

    However, the simplest and most likely explanation is that the brain's preference for the rest of the body was first introduced by the horror comedy film Return of the Living Dead (1985). In it, zombies moan “Braaaains…” in a long drawl, which looks so ridiculous that it's even funny. The image sank into the public consciousness and became a pop-cultural meme, which was further promoted by episodes of “South Park” and “The Simpsons” and the game Plants vs. Zombies.

  2. In English, the word “zombie” appears only in 1819 from a Brazilian short story written by the poet Robert Southey about the 17th-century Afro-Brazilian rebel leader Zumbi of Palaris. He was handed over to the authorities as a mulatto, captured and beheaded on the spot. Zumbi's head was transported to Recife and displayed in the central square for all to see.The etymology of this name goes back to the African word n”nzambi”, which in African Bantu languages means” god”,” small deity “or” soul of the dead”, as well as�” zumbi ” – a fetish. Apparently, the leader's authority was great and superimposed on local African traditions, which in principle fixed the concept of “zombies” for the Voodoo cult in Haiti. The very word “voodoo” has quite a good etymology� Voodoo is a corruption of the French Bon Dieu – a good god . The cult of �was first recorded in 1658, not long before the birth of the rebel leader from Palaris. They believe that they worship the Creator, through the spirits of the dead, while the voodoo cult has become widespread in the countries of South Africa and they worship mainly skulls and not only human ones. Due to the similarity of the concepts of fetish-zumbi and voodoo-deity, these words are often used as equivalent. Protestants fight this cult, declaring it demonic, but often without success. In the markets of any South African country, you will find a lot of skulls (mostly animals) to fill. Hence the association that zombies eat brains , because the cult of “worshipping them” is associated with the worship of the “spirit in the skull”

  3. You need to understand that zombies are not uniform and can be distinguished by different characteristics: the speed of movement, the possibility of reversibility or irreversibility to the human state, the source of origin of the zombie (virus, alien intervention, etc.).

    Zombies also have different motivations. In this sense, not all zombies eat brains: in recent years, most zombies still focus on eating the flesh of living people. However, the tradition of depicting zombies who prefer to eat brains still persists. Actually, the meme “Brains!” appears in this form in Dan O'Bannon's film “Return of the Living Dead” (1985). It even explains why the living dead are particularly interested in brains: eating them helps to numb the pain that the dead experience from rotting the body.

    It is characteristic that these same zombies are also not devoid of some elements of consciousness, as they can express thoughts, explain something. The meme quickly migrated to popular culture, and the zombie's desperate cry of “Brains!” became significant in itself.

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