Most people believe zombies are a recent phenomenon that grew out of comic books, movies and TV. The truth is very different. ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY explores the real story of zombies beginning at the dawn of civilization and continuing right through to today.The first written reference to zombies can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, mankind's oldest work of literature. A look both the old and new testaments of The Bible reveals numerous stories of the undead. ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY details how Europe's Black Plague became one of the most prolific periods for myths and legends about zombies. Find out why Viking legends believed zombies were nearly indestructible except by decapitation or immolation. Examine other zombie legends from around the world, including secret stories of China's Terra Cotta Warriors and the voodoo rituals of Haiti. See how modern science added a whole new twist on zombies beginning with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY goes on a journey more than 5,000 years in the making and shows that every civilization and culture has had their own version of the undead.
A question and answer session with UT Dallas Humanities Professor Dr. Ingrao will follow the screening of the film.