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Former good article nomineeZombie was a Social sciences and society good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Semi-protected edit request on 7 January 2016[edit]

Please add this text to the Zombie entry under the subheading 2000s and 2010s:

Some have argued that these fast zombies are a new breed of hyper-whites, translucent bodied creatures with blue veins that rapaciously destroy everything in sight, and that a new form of Black male hero figure is the ultimate zombie-killing savior (such as in I am Legend and 28 Days Later).

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References

  1. ^ McAlister, Elizabeth (Spring 2012). "Slaves, Cannibals, and Infected Hyper-Whites: The Race and Religion of Zombies". Anthopological Quarterly. 85 (2): 457–486. doi:10.1353/anq.2012.0021. Retrieved 7 January 2016.

Emcalister (talk) 20:31, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi Emcalister, I have unprotected it for the moment so you can add - this shouldn't be in the lead but in some political segment somewhere. with an account you can edit semiprotected pages in a few edits or days anyway. I'll protect once the IP vandalism starts up again...Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:36, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Padlock-silver-open.svg Not done: The page's protection level has changed since this request was placed. You should now be able to edit the page yourself. If you still seem to be unable to, please reopen the request with further details. Mz7 (talk) 05:31, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Film titled "Zombie Apocalypse"[edit]

There is a movie titled 'Zombie Apocalypse'... the wiki for it can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_Apocalypse_(film)

This is mildly problematic as 'Zombie Apocalypse' redirects to the page for "zombie" ... I agree that this redirect should be in place, but think the website would benefit from including a "did you mean 'Zombie Apocalypse (film)?' link.

Have a lovely day! (forgive me if I am doing this wrong -- I am not very skilled in the art of wikipedia)

ColbyWolf (talk) 04:46, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

"In theoretical academic papers" section[edit]

This section is a little sparse and I believe it can be expanded upon. It would most likely benefit from additional material from a variety of different scholars who are knowledgeable on the subject of zombies. I believe the following article would jumpstart/add more substance to this section:

McGee, Adam M. 2012. “Haitian Voudou and Voodoo: Imagined Religion and Popular Culture.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 41 (2): 231-256

McGee discusses zombies in popular culture (mostly film) at length and their connection to Haiti and Haitian voudou as well.

Semi-protected edit request on 8 April 2016[edit]

Please add, in subhead "in gaming", either after or merged with the 5th paragrah, the following:

"A major success in the board game industry[1], Zombicide is a cooperative game with the 'Zombie apocalypse' theme, featuring classic archetypes from other zombie related success (such as [Walking Dead]) trying to survive in a zombie infested town. [2]

References

  1. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/zombicide. |first1= missing |last1= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://zombicide.com/pt-br/zombicide-season-1/. |first1= missing |last1= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)

Pauloshinji (talk) 17:18, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Not done, this would need secondary sources for it being a "major success" compared to other zombie-themed boardgames - the game company's own Kickstarter and buy-this-game page are WP:PRIMARY sources. --McGeddon (talk) 18:47, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 4 November 2016[edit]

I wanted to change the current definiton of the term zombie, because i just wrote a 15 page term paper about the topic and came to the conclusion that the existing definition is outdated. Saekon82 (talk) 16:16, 4 November 2016 (UTC) Here is my definition: Zọm·bie substantive [the] /ˈʦɔmbi/ 1.As practiced in the voodoo cult: Humans who have undergone the zombie ritual which includes the consumption of neurotoxins to purport a resurrection 2.In modern media: the result of diverse phenomenons that turn large groups of humans into aggressive, threatening beings without any personal character or control over oneself. Often cannibalistic behaviour is apparent. 3.a person who appears apathetic and inattentive

Not done: as this is just your PoV and/or Original research, neither of which are allowed on Wikipedia. You would need to cite published reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 16:24, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 January 2017[edit]

Jlpv1967 (talk) 13:33, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Within the section "theoretical academic papers" I would suggest to mention a recently published scientific hypothesis (http://www.hypothesisjournal.com/?p=2966). Human's anatomo-functional structure is described as a kind of Trojan Horse, an instrument or vehicle, constructed and commanded by complex synergistic interactions among different levels of developed microbial societies aimed at pursuing Panspermia. By making a parallelism with some other examples from biology in which different parasites can reprogram and drive host behaivour for their own purposes, in such paper it is suggested to consider whether the human being could be actually acting as a zombie for pursuing microbial Panspermia. In other words; it might be that zombie apocalypse is already ongoing, and we are unconciously taking part of that... Instead of pursuing the benefit of humankind we are destroying it. Why? Who is driving us?

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Sir Joseph (talk) 15:50, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

A significant shift in the genre[edit]

The Zombie section does not seem to address the significant shift in the genre.

In the 18th and early 19th century, it was loosely based on folklore. In the mid-19th century, possibly resonating with people coping with the death of two world-wars, the genre spoke against various forms of dehumanization. It has been argued that today, the zombie genre serves to justify the disengagement that it was once meant to speak against. (Incarnate, Michael Frost. Also an article I can't remember).

I also haven't heard anyone mention the effect of the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the genre. From the diary of Hiroshima survivor Michihiko Hachiya:

    "It was all a nightmare - my wounds, the darkness, the road ahead. My movements were ever so slow; only my mind was running at top speed.  In time I came to an open space where the houses had been removed to make a fire 
    lane. Through the dim light I could make out ahead of me the hazy outlines of the Communications Bureau's big concrete building, and beyond it the hospital. My spirits rose because I knew that now someone would find me; and 
    if I should die, at least my body would be found. I paused to rest. Gradually things around me came into focus. There were the shadowy forms of people, some of whom looked like walking ghosts. Others moved as though in 
    pain, like scarecrows, their arms held out from their bodies with forearms and hands dangling. These people puzzled me until I suddenly realized that they had been burned and were holding their arms out to prevent the 
    painful friction of raw surfaces rubbing together. A naked woman carrying a naked baby came into view. I averted my gaze. Perhaps they had been in the bath. But then I saw a naked man, and it occurred to me that, like 
    myself, some strange thing had deprived them of their clothes. An old woman lay near me with an expression of suffering on her face; but she made no sound. Indeed, one thing was common to everyone I saw - complete silence."

The slow movements, outstretched arms (like scarecrows), "like the walking dead". These came from reports from the war/bombing, why is it unaccounted for? There are other reports, all painting the same picture, one from a young girl if I remember correctly.

Semi-protected edit request on 24 August 2017[edit]

45.113.64.158 (talk) 10:10, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

zombie are actaually fake and people make i just for a fun so kindly don't trust to wikipedia

Not done The article starts "A zombie ... is a fictional undead" how is this not clear? - Arjayay (talk) 10:32, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

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Folk beliefs: Zombie#Greece[edit]

The section Zombie#Greece is totally unrelated to Haitian zombie folks beliefs, unlike the Caribbean and African subsections. It should instead go on Vrykolakas or another directly related page.--Pharos (talk) 23:21, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Agree and done. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:24, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Haitian Zombies Updated[edit]

Haitian Zombies do not refer to a magical or mythical revival of the dead, but to a person that was pronounced medically dead and was buried, but was later found to be alive, unburied and forced into slave labor. In Haitian Voodoo culture, plant and animal-based toxins are used to bring individuals to a comatose state that mirrors death, leading to a wrongful diagnosis of dead and subsequent burial. However, as this diagnosis is false, individuals "revive" after 12-24 hours and are then unburied and exploited. This practice is so feared in Haiti that many families choose to inject a lethal poison into their dead loved ones to ensure death and prevent zombification.

The 1988 film "The Serpent and the Rainbow" is based on a true story, and while it is not entirely scientific, provides more insight into Haitian zombification. The false diagnosis of death also commonly occurs as a result of intoxication by the Japanese fugu or blowfish, and the Haitian zombification formula indeed contains tetrodotoxin, also found in blowfish. Additional descriptions of Haitian Zombies can be found in this Harvard Magazine article: https://harvardmagazine.com/2017/10/are-zombies-real. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:2000:9848:4400:BC01:FC2D:33A4:ED15 (talk) 15:59, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

You are describing the Zombie#Chemical hypothesis. There is not that much evidence for it, and cultures all around the world have practices to ensure that the dead are "really dead".--Pharos (talk) 02:14, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

The Last of Us' plausibility[edit]

I recently added a source discussing the plausibility of the infection in The Last of Us. I included a brief, unsourced sentence clarifying that, however plausible, there have been no documented cases of Cordyceps (the zombifying fungus infection in the game) infecting humans. I felt this was appropriate to mention simply because I don't want to mislead any readers that this is an actual infection. Rather, there are real life examples of the infection in nature (such as ants, wasps, tarantulas, etc), but not in human beings, thus it's really just good writing, not science per say, to have Cordyceps cross species and infect humanity.

I discussed this more in depth in this talk post. I've added the information back along with a source that goes more in-depth as to how the Cordyceps infection works and why it's unlike to cross species. I think there's enough to be worried about in the world that I don't think a casual reader should be made to think that zombies have suddenly become the new thing to fret over. :) But I invite any discussion on this, I think it's a fascinating topic. PcPrincipal (talk) 21:53, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Is there a reason wight and aptrganga are excluded?[edit]

The wights and aptrganga of the Germanic folk predate all citations by over a thousand years and are heavily featured in numerous sagas; I'm wondering if there's a reason they're excluded (as in they aren't 'considered zombies' but undead for some reason that was discussed and voted upon that isn't in the talk history) or if they've just been overlooked? Vergilianae (talk) 22:30, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

The non-Hollywood definition of zombie is a reanimated person from Haitian folklore. It is one particular kind of undead among the many found in different cultures around the world. We have a separate article on wight, on zombie, and on many other types.--Pharos (talk) 02:05, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
You wouldn't have this problem if you'd stuck to keeping the two kinds of zombie separate articles. Just saying. Serendipodous 12:48, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
The odd person asking something is not a big problem, though is it. Anyone is also able to type specific terms and look up that page. So it's not as if they can't find the info. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:58, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 31 October 2018[edit]

Change the formatting error for comment in Merchandise section, probably missing open comment or one characterMerlin04atschool (talk) 18:26, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

 Done Thanks for pointing it out. RudolfRed (talk) 18:48, 31 October 2018 (UTC)