I know that there’s a wide variety of zombies. Now my question is what are the versions of them & how are they stopped from attacking the living? Zombies are (now these days) concedered mindless undead with flesh on them. For future reference I know that salt is one way of stopping zombies, I would like to know if there’s alternative ways to do so.

  • What do you base your awareness of "a wide variety of zombies" on? Are you sure they are all derived from mythology and folklore? – Spencer Sep 17 '18 at 13:57
  • There’s more than 1 type of zombie in mythology & motion pictures besides the classic drugged human. At least that’s my understanding. As for my statement I’m going on what my sister has stated in the past. – Abraham Ray Sep 17 '18 at 13:59
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    That is... or that is not a very broad question... The term zombie is haitian. It qualify an "undead". And there are tons of undead. Ghosts. Vampires. But wihtout going in those: norse Draugrs, Egyptians mummies. European Lichs, Islamics ghouls... To be answered like that: too broad. But it is a good question, I stretched the side on my head some seconds starting to see the whole picture. – Gibet Sep 17 '18 at 15:19
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    The main thing is... The mindless undead... is a movie creation on the same level as the therianthropic werewolf. And what you think as a "zombie" is a pure George Romero's creation. If you are interested in the mummies views of Egyptians, ot Ereshkigal and Inanna's wraths we (I) can do things. Mindless wandering creatures are not truly literacy-friendly... With make up they do look great on movies or TV shows. – Gibet Sep 17 '18 at 20:56
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    I like this question about a modern mythological tradition. Answers should be supported by links to source material though, to keep it academic. – DukeZhou Oct 3 '18 at 20:23

Jiang Shi meaning "Stiff Corpse" is a kind of zombie from Chinese Mythology.

The Jiang Shi can be stopped by throwing rice or coins on the ground, as they will not pursue their target until they have picked up all the grains of rice or coins, allowing the target to escape or can be "deactivated" by placing a sacred piece of paper/Taoist talisman on their foreheads.

It is the conventional wisdom of feng shui in Chinese architecture that at the threshold a piece of wood approximately 15 cm high, be installed along the width of the door at the bottom to prevent a Jiangshi from entering the household.

The Ancient Greeks might have been the first civilization terrorized by a fear of the undead. Archaeologists have unearthed many ancient graves which contained skeletons pinned down by rocks and other heavy objects to prevent the dead bodies from reanimating or leaving the grave when they did.

In kamarina in south east Sicily they found a lot of evidence in a cemetery. The town had once been a Greek colony in Sicily, which is now part of modern day Italy and housed a cemetery known as Passo Marinaro that was used from the fifth to the third centuries BC.

In two of the tombs, the skeletons found appear to have been buried in specific ways to keep them in the grave. Their bodies where completely covered by large fragments of amphora.

A reproduction of a sketch by Sicilian archaeologist Giovanni Di Stefano of one of the unusual burials. Notice the large amphora fragments on the individual's head and feet. Credit: Drawing by D. Weiss from G. Di Stefano's excavation journals.

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