Zombies Tattoos: the legend and the symbology
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Well-known mythical creatures mentioned in the Afro-American religion of Voodoo, the Living Dead have always been beloved of horror-style tattoo fans.

The legend of the zombie originates in the enchanting Caribbean island of Haiti. Famous historians argue that at the base of this legend there is the fusion between two religions: the indigenous and the Catholic one from which the African-American religion of the Voodoo originated.

Mumia, Zoi Tattoo, Copenaghen, Denmark
Mumia, Zoi Tattoo, Copenaghen, Denmark

For the Voodoo wizards, man has two souls: the good little angel (called “ti bon ange”) and the great good angel (aka “gros bon ange”). The first one directs the will by shaping the personality and character of men. The second, however, begins to fluctuate from the birth of the individual and then disappears at death.

So for the Voodoo scholars there are two different types of zombie: the astral or “ti bon ange”, generated by the capture of a part of the soul by the sorcerer; and that jardin or “corps cadaver”. The latter is the classic cult-movie zombie, with a bowed head, dangling arms and a bloody face made famous by the works of a master, the “godfather of the zombies”, George A. Romero.

Julian Siebert, Corpsepainter Tattoo, Munich, Germany
Julian Siebert, Corpsepainter Tattoo, Munich, Germany

There is also a rather fanciful case study. There are those who claim that the zombies are not the result of a mere literary or metaphysical fiction, and that instead they are damned beings that come back to life because of powerful rituals. So the real question is: do zombies exist for real?

Between 1915 and 1934, the civilized world began to become aware of the Haitian legend. The stories of the inhabitants and the mysterious findings found by the early pioneers, generated a considerable interest and led several scientists to travel to the island to perform experiment after experiment.

Koan Martinez, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Koan Martinez, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

Months later they still had not found anything concrete, but since then a plethora of increasingly fanciful and disturbing tales about zombies have begun to circulate in the collective imagination. To the joy of producers and well-paid authors of ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series…

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