Zombies in the Bible
Zombies in the Bible PHI 2016
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Date Created: 09/13/16
Zombies in the Bible Previous lecture continued… Resisting Classification East African Nuer people “treat infants born with deformities as baby hippos mistakenly born to humans, and “return” them to the river” (pg. 16) North Congo – people avoid flying squirrels because they are unable to classify them as animals or birds If we cannot classify something then it is seen as impure, as an abomination “They do not fit the scheme; they violate it. Thus, they are not only physically threatening; they are cognitively threatening. They are threats to common knowledge” (pg. 17) Genetic code changes Personal Identity Physiological = the same stuf Psychological = the same mental stuf, same consciousness Problem: When I am zombified, what becomes of my personal identity? Cartesian Dualism Your mind and body are distinct and separate substances Your body can become zombified, leaving your mind un- zombified The Fear of Becoming The fear of becoming an object of horror, something wrong The fear of becoming a flesh-eating automation is irrational,“if you cease to exist at death, then anything that happens at or after your death cannot harm you” (pg. 20). EPICURUS, “So long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more” (pg. 20) Current lecture… TopHat question SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW Haitian voodoo zombie film o Slave trade + Catholicism = Haitian voodooism Wes Craven 1939-2015 o On a Nightmare on Elm Street having sequels “I thought they’ll never be a sequel. Boy was I stupid. If I were interested in reality, I’d be making documentaries.” Good vs. Evil Our souls still exist even if we’re dead Taking something which would otherwise be a poison, and finding a way to make it a cure Dream sequences make you question what’s real and what’s not Motivation Are these zombies? o 50 YES – 53 NO o He released the souls o There was no flesh eating; what’s the definition of a zombie? Do you believe in the existence of the soul? 2 o 86 YES – 19 NO o Haven’t sold the mystery of consciousness o Religious upbringing o The more simplistic explanation is one people tend to go with Opening Inspired by a true story Wade Davis asked some Haitians to make the zombie potion, which made people appear dead. In the legends of voodoo The Serpent is a symbol of Earth The Rainbow is a symbol of Heaven Between the two, all creatures must live and die But because he has a soul Man can be trapped in a terrible place Where death is only the beginning “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” Was Jesus a zombie? As a society are we becoming increasingly post-Christian? 14 NO – 88 YES Cannibalism and Resurrection “I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life… for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them” (pg. 90) 3 Stripped of its symbolism, it is horrific cannibalism (resurrection and bodily consumption) Aprmx. 130,000 years ago we started burying our dead. The Bible is Gory Zombies often relate to apocalypse. 4
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