268. History of Zombies: From Haiti and Voodoo to the Night of the Living Dead! (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

30-10-2023 • 23 min

What is a zombie? You might be thinking of the flesh-eating, undead monsters common in Hollywood, but the origin of zombies is much more fascinating than the stories in film and TV.


From the brutal slave plantations of Haiti to the development of voodoo legends and traditions, to the modern monsters of Hollywood, join us for a look at the history of zombies in this Halloween special episode!


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Vocabulary List


  • Practitioner (n): A person who regularly engages in a profession, skill, or belief system.
  • Voodoo (n):A syncretic religion with African, indigenous Caribbean, and Catholic influences, often involving rituals, spirits, and magic.
  • Reanimated (adj):Brought back to life or animated again after death or inactivity.
  • Undead (n): Deceased, but still existing or animated in a supernatural or fictional way.
  • Flesh-eating (adj): Relating to creatures or monsters that consume the flesh of living beings.
  • Enslaved (adj): Forced to become a slave, often involving being owned and controlled by others.
  • Plantation (n): A large estate or property where crops like sugar, cotton, or tobacco are cultivated, typically using slave labour.
  • Under the control (phrase):Subject to the influence of someone or something else.
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